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30 Don’t Needs for Every Boy

Yesterday, reminiscing about my Scoutmaster years, I wrote a list of needs for every boy. Still celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouts (next Wednesday), I want to continue my observations from the 1980s, looking at the don’t needs for every boy.

Here is my list of what is not needed by every boy as they grow into men.

  1. Boys don’t need rejection
  2. Boys don’t need criticism
  3. Boys don’t need to be screamed at
  4. Boys don’t need to be told their stupid
  5. Boys don’t need fashions
  6. Boys don’t need cell phones
  7. Boys don’t need clean blue jeans every day
  8. Boys don’t need hounding
  9. Boys don’t need their self-worth questioned
  10. Boys don’t need to be lied too
  11. Boys don’t need a bath every night
  12. Boys don’t need deodorant when their camping out
  13. Boys don’t need to be given everything they want
  14. Boys don’t need coddling
  15. Boys don’t need to skip breakfast
  16. Boys don’t need cooties from girls
  17. Boys don’t need ignoring
  18. Boys don’t need lackluster direction
  19. Boys don’t need to be coerced
  20. Boys don’t need unnecessary discipline
  21. Boys don’t need negative feedback
  22. Boys don’t need snap reactions
  23. Boys don’t need physical abuse
  24. Boys don’t need mental abuse
  25. Boys don’t need too tight a leash
  26. Boys don’t need too loose a leash
  27. Boys don’t need to get away with everything
  28. Boys don’t need bullying
  29. Boys don’t need to wear shoes in the summer
  30. Boys don’t need swimsuits for the ole’ swimming hole

Now you have my list of what every boy does and does not need as they grow up. 

Did I miss anything on either list? Let me know in the comments.

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