Sometimes it's hard being a kid and learning lessons. At least I hoped he learned a lesson. (I'm sure he did, but he was still mad at me! ;) There was an invitation to play airsoft from some friends after church. We said sure, no problem and dropped him off, with a reminder that we would pick him up at 3:50pm for the church youth meeting. There were several other youth there also. He was quite irked when we did follow through and picked him up, even though no one else was going. That kinda irked me, but it was not my place to judge others. I just know my boys made a commitment to show up each week and they are going to follow through. Youth is always on Sunday afternoon, always has been and until they change it, it always will be.
After they left, we went on a short Sunday drive discussing it. There was a little disagreement about it and I explained my feelings on it. What if it was US as VOLUNTEERS and kids didn't show up? I would be angry that I spent my time planning and preparing and then the kids decided they had a better offer and didn't show. (This game was not planned in advance, it was just set up on Sunday morning.) I can't help what other parents do, but I can make sure my kids show up when they are expected. He may not realize it now, but I guarantee they will remember the boys that showed.