Monday, March 3, 2008

Who's Selling These Cookies Anyway?!?!?

It's that time of year and if you went anywhere this past weekend, you were likely asked,

"Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?"

Now, here's the question, who asked you, the Girl Scout or her mom?

I took my daughter to her site sale in front of Bookstar on Saturday and she proceeded to sell cookies along with another little girl from her troop. The other girl's mom and I, though, had different opinions on the appropriate level of our involvement. Personally, I like to be asked and have the entire transaction with the Girl Scout herself. I view this as a learning opportunity and an important step in growing self-confidence and poise. Others view it as a fund-raiser and are more apt to ease their daughters into the responsibility.

So, there we were. I stood off to the side whereas the other mom was behind the table. I only said things like "good morning" to others whereas the other mom asked "Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies".

Again, it never ceases to amaze me the hundreds of little decisions that go into parenting and how amazingly personal and intimate those decisions can be.

Maybe I expect too much out of a 7 year old. Maybe I'm unique in wanting to deal with the girl and not her parent.

But maybe I'm not . . .


yertle said...

When I bought my cookies the girl scout came to my door and asked me. Her Dad was waiting on the sidewalk. I appreciated that.

Squish said...

I'm a sidewalk mom too - I'm glad it is appreciated.

Sierra said...

I think you are right on with letting the girlscout gain the experience. It's so much more than fundraising, and to miss that is kinda missing the point of girlscouts.
Anyway, just for your poll, I bought cookies from a mom because I love the cookies and it was convenient. I would have much rather had interaction with the girlscout though.