Re: Son of ASM Taking Heat
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 10:43:13 MDT
From: Frank Porter <Frank.Porter@ASSOCDATA.COM>
[describes his son hearing complaints that he advances only because of dad]
> How should I appoach the patrol?
I would approach the SM with the problem. He can judge whether he
feels it more appropriate to address just that patrol or whether to do
a SM Minute with the whole troop. However, if you approach the
patrol, then it just reinforces for them that your son is reliant on
> Have other ASM's, SM', had the same problem?
Most that have kids run into this problem in one form or another.
Either the kids wind up having to perform "above and beyond" so that
nobody questions it, deciding not to do anything so they don't get
criticized by their peers, or putting up with such comments from
ignorant youth and adults.
> The comments are hurting my son and I don't think they need to be ignored.
The other boys need to be dealt with, but your son may also need to
learn that often such statements are a form of jealousy, that
throughout life people will question whether your accomplishments are
due to your work or to your connections, and that as long as you know
that you have really done the work then you can safely ignore the
petty complaints of others.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City