September 28, 2012
The Tom Roten Morning Show...Mornings from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., on News Radio 800 WVHU/1600 WZZW.
I spent my childhood Summers in Glenville, WV mostly playing wiffle ball,
basketball, riding my bike, listening to the Reds, and collecting baseball
cards. I did help mow the lawn, clean the basement, and a few other chores.
Admittedly, my work ethic could've been better!
I have four boys. My older sons have spent this Summer mowing about 10 lawns
per week. They've also volunteered their time to help others. They have saved
their money and set goals to buy certain things with their earnings. They have
reached and exceeded those goals! (One son has bought a really nice camera, the
other a bow!)
All of my sons do chores (age appropriate) around the house whether it be
mowing, pulling weeds, helping in the garden, washing dishes, or running the
sweeper. Like other boys, they enjoy riding bikes, playing sports, video games,
board games, fishing, etc.
Nothing special...they're just boys...my wife and I are just parents. We're
not ready to write the book on parenting either. We're trying to do the same
thing many parents do - raise children to be productive members of society with
a good work ethic, strong morals, a respect for authority, and a fear of
Do my boys ever get bored? I'm sure they do. And if they ever state so, that
is when we usually assign more work! They have plenty to do when the work is
done. They can read books, play games, watch a video, roast marshmallows,
listen to music, or practice a musical instrument.
Never have they been so bored that they thought about harming someone just
for "the fun of it" as those three teenaged boys in Oklahoma did last
Does it seem that kids today are so desensitized that they don't care who
Could it be that they believe our criminal justice system is a "joke"? Do
they not fear the consequences, the punishment?
The father of another Oklahoma boy says his son may have been the next victim of those three "thugs", as the prosecution has called them. He claims it was gang initiation.
Here's what James Johnson says about those teen thrill-killers (from the Sydney Morning Herald):
He described the three youths - James Edwards, Michael Jones and the accused shooter, Chancey Luna - as good boys who had gone off the rails.
"They don't have proper fathers in their lives. You can't be a friend to your son, you got to be the father," he said.
"I feel very sorry for them, they have ruined their whole lives, but they did the crime, they have to do the time. Perhaps they can make a life inside, get God in their lives," he said.
Without "proper fathers in their lives", I feel sorry for them too!
Never has there been a better example of good vs. evil than what happened at
a lemonade stand in Pennsylvania recently. A good kid, age 10, wanted to buy
something expensive. Instead of relying on the government or someone to provide
it for him, he decided to WORK for it. An evil kid, aged 12, decided he
deserved something for nothing so he robbed the good kid's lemonade stand with a
Setting up a lemonade stand, mowing lawns, playing wiffle ball, learning biblical values...now that's what young boys SHOULD be doing!
Read the story from WND.com: Boy pulls BB gun, robs kid's lemonade stand