Kim Moye (kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Mon, 9 Jun 1997 13:40:01 -0500
I know of several adults who have told their son(s) that they cannot get
their driver's license until they reach the rank of Eagle.
Now, having a son just starting out, I have not made any such threats.
He asked me if I would be disappointed if he did not make Eagle. I told him
that Eagle is a wonderful goal to shoot for, but only he can decide how
much he wants it. I told him of several adult leaders he knows who made
Life, but not Eagle and what great people they are.
I told him *if* he made Eagle, I would buy him a Silver Eagle dollar the
year he made it as a gift from me (right now, they run about $10-15.00).
I bought him one already to start down his Eagle path of the year he was
born. His sister, who plays soccer, gets soccer commemerative coins from
me as her "special" gift.
HOWEVER, I do know myself pretty well by now, and I hate to admit it, but if
CJ was sooooo close to making Eagle, that he lacked a merit badge, or his
service project or whatever...........I *would* become that pushy parent.
If he was extremely close, I would try to motivate him to complete it. I
would *not* offer a car or laptop as that is just beyond *my* means.
Sometimes we all need a "jump start" to get us going again. What may be
bribes to some may be a jump start to others.
I just don't want CJ to make Eagle because he wants his driver's license or
because he thinks it something that *I* want. Hopefully as he grows older
and works with his troop, he'll decide it's something that *he* wants.
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