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What Girls Get From Selling Cookies, If We Let Them

Junior Troop 285 Booth Sale at Lowes on January 18
Junior Troop 285 Booth Sale at Lowes on January 18
I did not sell any cookies today.  This is a good thing, as I am not supposed to be selling Girl Scout Cookies.  My daughter is.  But I have a confession -- it was really hard!  There were lots of people around the lobby of the Y this morning, and a big part of me wanted to run out to the car and bring in boxes to sell.  Those who know me know that I am competitive, and I want to help my daughter sell as many cookies as she can.

The Girl Scout website will tell you five skills girls learn from selling cookies (goal setting, money management, social skills, business ethics, and decision making).  In addition, my daughter is learning to use her own voice and get out of her comfort zone.  While my son could sell you a glass of ice cold lemonade on a day like today, selling does not come naturally to my daughter.  With encouragement, though, she is learning to go places she would not go and ask for something from strangers.  Unfortunately, she cannot learn these lessons if I sell her cookies.  So perhaps I am the one who is learning -- learning not to overstep and to let her find her wings.

If you are interested in buying cookies directly from a Girl Scout, upcoming booth sales include:

Saturday, January 25 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm at Centerville Bank on Main Street;
Saturday, January 25 from 10:00 am-12:30 pm at Lowes on Route 2;
Saturday, February 1 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm at Centerville Bank; and 
Sunday, February 2 from 10:00 am-12:30 pm at Lowes.

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Mom of 3 January 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Tracy, hats off to you! Too many parents are taking these things to work and selling them for their daughters, and thereby depriving them of working towards and achieving their goals. Let's face it - the girls are cuter than us parents and would probably sell more on their own anyway!
ch January 25, 2014 at 07:02 PM
What a wise mother you are, Tracy. It is so much harder to practice restraint as a parent, isn't it? I sure wish I witnessed more parenting behavior like yours.

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