I somehow took on the task of being Daisy troop leader this year. Our first service project was weeding a church totlot. I brought the whole troop outside to start, and once we are out their my 6 YO daughter realizes she forgot her gloves inside. I honestly didn’t want to leave the troop to take care of it since I was supposed to be leading, although other mothers were present. I said if she really wanted them she would have to go in and get them herself. I wonder if I went a a little too far. It isn’t direct – she had to go around the building to get to the entrance and the interior is a bit labyrinthine. She had difficulty finding the way back out but found an alternate exit. In a sense, I’m really proud of her problem solving, but wonder if I went too far. But sometimes I think of what kids have been called upon to do historically and think I’m insane to over-think it. Maybe I should have assigned a buddy – they are generally about the buddy system in girl scouts, but I wasn’t sure how other moms felt about letting their kids out of sight.
I would say what you did was just fine. Esp given the area (church totlot). Not only that but the next time something like this happens you and your daughter will have a bit more confidence in your daughters abilities and you may get a bit more peace of mind.
I don’t think it’s too much. In fact, it teaches responsibility (don’t forget your gloves in the first place) as well as building confidence.
In the GS leader role, I would have asked her to bring a buddy, and had any parent complained, I would have explained the importance of building independence in Girl Scouts (I’m a leader of Daisies, Brownies and Juniors and have this talk with parents multiple times a year). I think this is the reason I was drawn to being a Girl Scout leader. I love seeing the girls taking risks and building confidence away from their parents. It’s so beautiful to watch. I know it’s hard when the parents are around, but I think it’s super important to teach parents to let go as well. But I totally get your hesitation to do that.
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