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Not to turn this into a vent.....but my dad told William(8) last night that I should stop signing William up for stuff w\o asking William first!! Its because he does not like the Art Camp. So fine, I told William that he's not doing Cub Scouts next year. See how my dad likes that one!!
I totally agree that it was not your dad's place to say that to your son. If he felt like he HAD to say something (although I feel that it's none of his business), then he should have said it to you in private.
But are you taking your son out of Cub Scouts to punish your dad? Does your son like Cub Scouts? If he does like it, I'm not sure that it's fair to take him out of it just because of what your dad said. It's great for kids to be involved in extracurricular activities.
However, I also think that kids won't get anything out of an activity they don't enjoy. I do think that 8 years old is old enough to start choosing activities for himself (unless they involve being inside all day playing video games and watching TV).
But I definitely agree that your dad should NEVER have said that to your son.
I wouldn't let my IL's or my own parents dictate what my child does. The reason parents sign their kids up for these activities is to get them interested in something and when they are old enough to make a decision, they can decide what they do or don't want to do.
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