Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Gift for the Over-Achieving Boy Scout Mom and Why I am a Boy Scouts Fan

Well, I had the pleasure of purchasing for my fashion conscious friends,  a "designer" (in the Boy Scout world), mother's ribbon necklace.  Typically when the boys go up in rank, mother's get a pin attached to a little 6 inch piece of red ribbon that they wear on their shirt.  The necklace and charm makes this special!

 Well, I ordered four of these for my picky girlfriends.  The woman I order this from was so accommodating and even thanked me for my order because it allowed for her to pick-up and pay the co-pay for her sick child's prescriptions.    Ok, I am devoted--and want to spread the word!

Boy Scout moms out there, purchase one of these!  They are nice and only $7. Have your darling son give it to you for Christmas.

Just to give your my unsolicited opinion again....Why I am a Boy Scout fan (in spite of the gay policy and uniforms)?

According the "Creating Innovators", by Tony Wagner, after interviewing several parents of innovators including Kirk Phelp's parents (inventor of the iPhone), Tony identified the skills your child will need for the 21st Century:

1. Collaboration;
2. Multidisciplinary learning;
3. Thoughtful risk-taking, trial and error;
4. Creating; and
5. Intrinsic motivation: play, passion and purpose.

Very few academic settings actually help foster these skills.  If your child is spending all their free time playing video games and watching TV,  they are definitely not getting these skills ( my son would argue though).    Get those boys outdoors, have them create a project for their Eagle Scout award, learn something new,  give them leadership opportunities and accomplishments.  In the next few months, my son is going to get/received a badge in Auto Mechanics, Aviation and Cooking! I assure you that there is not lessons being taught at home in these areas!  He is in charge of running all the volunteer activities for the troop too. The exposure and education that the Boy Scout's provides is incredible!

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