Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1998: Re: Broken Homes
Re: Broken Homes
Carol J. Fletcher
Fri, 25 Sep 1998 21:54:09 EDT
I agree with you. Many of these "strayed youth" come from all types of homes.
But one thing I can bet is somewhat common in all of them is that somewhere
down the line of their upbringing, the parents failed them in some way. This
does not mean it has to be physically abusive or substance abusive. It could
be in the way of emotional neglect, pshycological abuse or overtly harsh
treatment. Maybe the parents or guardians couldn't see this, but someone from
the outside could. I've seen this in many, many situations. Some kids are
resilient enough to handle it and some are fragile enough to break instantly.
This really goes to show you that parenting is THE most important job in
anyone's lifetime. We all make mistakes as parents, but the best parents are
the one's who can own up to those mistakes and deliver an apology when one is
deserving. It does a child wonders to here a parent admit they were wrong in
certain instances. Isn't this the model we want children to see? Remember,
children are a mirror to their parents and/or families.
Yes, we should reach out to those youth who are walking the wrong road, so
long as we don't leave the right road walkers in the dust. Look and listen to
how many positive outcomes there have been from disadvantaged youth turned