scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Parent/Scouter Needs Input
Janyce Wright (justjanw@HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 19 2000 - 15:59:42 CDT
I took a stand with my 17-year-old Life Scout. He's got
a parttime job, a.m.'s. He's a pretty good student and
a pretty good kid. He's SPL at our troop and his leader
skills have been good for us, I believe.
I decided some time ago that this summer was not going
to be spent laying around, playing computer games for
most of the day. Sleep 10 hours, 'work' 4.5 hours and
stare for 10.5 hours? Not.
The choice was 2 job apps a day till he found another
job or get his Eagle project done while he has time.
He turns 18 in the spring. With all his school deals,
this summer is the only real time he has, in my view.
I'm the grandmother/guardian. I'm always hearing what
a good job I've done with he and his brother. But today
he tried me. And I stood firm. So instead of taking a
nap, he hit the road with his backpack and cap on his
head. I asked him when he'd be back. He said 5 or 6.
I said 'bye.'
Right now, I am okay with my stand. He knows he's loved.
He knows he has a chance for success at college in his
chosen field, maybe with some scholarships. But he also
knows he's got to earn some money.
I guess I just need to have somebody tell me I'm not
totally awful. Any experience out there?
Thanks, Jan "MeanGranny" Wright