Children: Protect Them or Prepare Them?

parenting_america_europe_sObviously, protecting children from danger and preparing them for life are both important. But America has gotten increasingly out of balance. The overly protected are the under prepared.

Many people don’t know that more 18-year-olds are abducted in America now than 8-year-olds. Boys and girls who are overprotected do not magically learn how to take care of themselves the day they turn 18.

This video contrasts modern day America and Europe. Perhaps American parents should stop and think about why the motto for both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts is “Be Prepared,” not “Be Protected.”

Note that the combined experience of The Loveshade Family includes raising, teaching and tutoring children and studying child psychology.  In addition to the above mottos, the motto of the Discordian Shamlicht Kids Club is “Be Prepared for Anything” which is actually the intent of the Boy Scouts’ original motto according to its founders.

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Boy Scouts’ President Says Allow Gay Leaders

Boy Scouts at summer camp (Relvse, 2002)

The president of the Boy Scouts of America ( BSA) said the organization should accept gay leaders for its own survival.  “We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” said BSA President Robert Gates, who formerly headed the CIA and the Pentagon.

Gates said with social and political changes and court decisions in favor of homosexual rights during the past year, holding on to the no-homosexual leaders policy could get the scouts challenged in the courts.

The president said a court challenge could have far-reaching effects that could threaten the very nature of scouting. “Waiting for the courts is a gamble with huge stakes,” said Gates. “If we wait for the courts to act, we could end up with a broad ruling that could forbid any kind of membership standard, including our foundational belief in our duty to God and our focus on serving the specific needs of boys.”

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