Originally Posted by chrelsey;3141588;
If I had had wine, I would have taken to it! But the only thing alcoholic in the house right now is some old kahlua which I don't like. And I did not feel like going to the store. Books and bed did it for me though.
Well the counselor just said that he has a hard time with them too. He's working on his Ph.D in child pyschology (he has his work cut out with this crew) and he said that they don't understand anything but yelling and that it's like a heroin addiction that you have to "wean them off yelling".
I actually thought it would have been nice to have been WARNED ahead of time that they might be a handful (which is putting it mildly) and I thought that we weren't part of the "rehab for yelling" plan if we couldn't get any form of control over them at all. Absolutely no respect for anything.
I do hope that someone, somewhere will make a difference in these kids lives, as they are a LOT more obstacles they will face in their lives. It isn't going to get any easier the older they get.
And yes, they did feed off each other. Group mentality was definetly at work yesterday.
Scoutmom, I agree with you 100%. When something like scouting works well it makes a wonderful difference in a child's life. But I've also seen some leaders that had no business leading either. But that's another story. And when it's a safety issue you HAVE to take action. The girl in our troop had more personal problems than she did with the other girls and they accepted her and were great with her. Her issues were self destructive ones (she was a self-cutter).
And unfortunately there will be kids that no matter who does what, they will never be reached and it's a shame, because while each child is different and has a different set of abilities, it's the home life that can make or break a kid and these kids I'm sure did not have good home lives and I'm still sad about that. But at the point we got them, we couldn't have made a difference in just the few hours we had them.
I know that there have been many adults that made a difference in my life and I wasn't a troubled kid.
I will NEVER forget the mentally handicapped boy I had in the museum one day that was so enthralled by my brief talk about the US constitution that he went to the gift shop and bought a copy and then made a beeline to me to show me and tell me "I'm going to go home and read this so I know ALL the laws and I am going to hang it on my wall to remind me". So sometimes it is possible to make a little difference in a short period of time, but the kid also has to be willing to accept the person trying to make the difference and be open to it.