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On My Honor, I Will Try

Did anyone else have a momentary flashback just reading that title? It had been many years since I had thought about my Girl Scouting experience (which didn't last long, by the way). But now I have a daughter who wants to be a Daisy. There is no troop. What's a mom to do?

I figured the only real answer was "on my honor, I will try." (For those who weren't Girl Scouts, that is how the Girl Scout Promise begins.) That's all I'm promising for now. I'll try.

Now don't get me wrong, I am actually excited about our new mother-daughter adventure. I'm looking forward to the projects and the trips, earning badges, and visiting nursing homes. My main concern is living up to the Girl Scout tradition. I think of it like this: there is really only one way to make a great brisket, so if you don't know how or if you are not willing to put in the effort to learn, then don't even bother. Same thing with Girl Scouts. This is a top notch program that has been around for almost 100 years - don't do it if you are not going to do it right.

Of course, I know there are tons of moms out there who are in the exact same spot. Maybe not with Girl Scouts but with something else: soccer, band, dance, swimming. Someone needs a leader and you know as well as I do that if we don't do it, it is not going to get done. (Kind of sounds like my sink full of dirty dishes...)

The upside is obvious. But since I have a love for stating the obvious, I'll say it anyway. This is a great opportunity to be involved in your child's life. And bonus, you get to know the friends they are hanging out with. And double bonus, you get to be a direct influence in the lives of these kids! And dare I say there might be one more bonus? You - YOU - get to set the tone for whatever activity your kids are participating in.

I think it's the best thing we can do as parents - to be the parent who cares enough to get involved. I've joked for years that stay-at-home moms make the world run, but there is truth to it. We are the ones who have the time to run the programs, do the carpool, serve on the PTO, bake for the bake sale, watch a neighbors baby while she runs to the doctor... and all of these things have one thing in common. It's a simple fact that we take so for granted in our busy world. You have to make yourself available.

So if you are willing, if you are available, and if you can just try... I bet you'll make a great leader!

Let's encourage eachother! Tell us what activities you're kids are into and how you are helping out.


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