I don't want to repeat what the article says but the values and skills I learned as a young boy are no longer available in the manner in which I learned them. With the perversion in society today I am not sure I would want a son or daughter doing what I did as a youngster. I don't think it would be safe for them now.
I hope what I learned as a child can be used however to inspire parents to find innovative methods to teach the same values to youngsters today. Unfortunately today when you see young people setting up lemonade stands the municipality comes along and shuts them down for health violations or not having a vendors licence. That deprives the young person of learning those traits and values by regulation.
To me is seems a very sad commentary that youngsters are deprived of engaging in self enterprise due to a lack of understanding and common sense by bureaucrats. This is not being on my soapbox, only stating a fact and how sad it is to impose ridiculous laws on young people who actually demonstrate initiative.
That being said I hope what I learned at 12 years old can in some small way inspire parents and children in teaching or learning real life values. If you read the topic on MEN and feel a sadness over the loss of this venue to educate and teach children real life values - that is what I felt when I wrote it. I am not pining over the 'good old days' because they weren't always all that good. But some things have been lost along the way that could benefit young people and they are gone forever.