Friday, November 11, 2011

Kids/Teachers/Coaches- When Is This Going To End?

OK~This Mom is just downright frustrated. What is wrong with people today? I am now reading a news story in an Iowa newspaper about a teacher engaging with young girls online, and we are all aware of the scandal that continues to unfold in Pennsylvania. This should be a wake up call to parents.

Throughout the years my boys have been involved in many different activities and I never once swayed away from volunteering my time. These incidents are reasons why parents need to be involved. We all know that we should trust the teacher, trust the coach, as well as the Boy/Girl Scout leader- but let me tell you, the media is telling this mom this is no longer the case. If my boys are taking part in something, I will do my part. I firmly believe that if I do not participate or help to make things better, I have no right to complain. By being involved, I do have a right to complain!

I may have complained that things were overwhelming during my tenure as a Cub Master, and as an Assistant Scout Master with the Boy Scouts, but I am thankful that I jumped in! With so many parents afraid or not willing to step up to the plate to volunteer, the task can be daunting. If parents would see how important it is to step up and contribute, everyone's job is much easier. If everyone pitches in and does their part, life is good! The friendships I made were priceless and hey, this Mom even became a certified bb gun instructor with The Boy Scouts of America!

Now that my boys are 16 and 20- I can reflect on how thankful I am that I made that decision to become involved. I did not know much about coaching t-ball or soccer- but when no one else would step up to the plate, I willingly took the necessary steps to become trained in coaching these two sports. Attending PTO meetings throughout the years has, and still is, one of the easiest ways to know what is going on in my child's school- I really don't understand why parents do get this concept. I am guessing it is a personal choice.

Now, more than ever before, it is so important to know who your kids are hanging around with, where they are going, what they are doing and we even need to be concerned about who the adults are that are surrounding them! Parents, wake up! Become involved- I know this Mom is grateful for all of the opportunities that have been tossed her way. Helicopter Parenting...that's another story! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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