Sometimes, we as leaders can take on the role of cookie mum, or maybe you are that parent who stepped up (we as leaders thank you!) and you either know this by having experienced it or you are about to! Feel free to share with your parents so they understand not only is "there a post for that" but that other leaders as seen in number 10, have the same exact experiences as you! Yes, I know, it is hard to believe in our cookie bubble world sometimes. You are in good company!
Read this and know that those experiences of your cookie leader or cookie mum is the same across the nation. When we say they work hard for your girls, we do. We do it without pay and with the love from our hearts! We are very proud of your girls! And we can't do it without you! So help out with booths, offering to pick up cookies, everything is helpful!
1. Read This!
Okay, anyone who is a leader or a cookie mum will get the whole joke behind #1. If you don't, let me explain. People don't read their emails, sign up for things on time, ask questions that have been answered over and over (or in the blog post). It gets old fast. We don't mind helping but do read this to understand why sometimes we hold frustration. Although, most of the time is it worth it.
2. We Have to Set Alarms to Get Cookie Booths
Because it is like winning the lottery to get the first choice on what you want for prime cookie booths for your daughters.
3. We Re-Arrange Our Houses to Fit All Those Cookies In
And my how much work that takes when you live in an urban area! I am going to have fun fitting 4000 boxes of cookies in the house just on the initial order only! Oh, yes, we actually move furniture in the house to fit your cookies in-- so when we ask for you to pick up on time, please do! As much as we love been the fun house of girl scout cookies, it is a pain in the butt to house them sometimes.
There are points, especially last year, I almost quit because of an experience I had with a couple of parents and how much grief they put me through. I am the middle man, well, woman, and I think that people think I make up the rules, but I don't. I convey the information, and one reason I did posts to cover "All About Cookie Season" was so I did not have to endure same questions over and over again or parents who will try to pull the same stunts as last year. I think though, honestly, I have a great set of parents from what I can tell this year and I am excited!
5. We Account (and Re-Count) For All Cookie Transactions
This includes booths. I keep everyone accountable to what they do because I don't want their daughters' to suffer or the troop. Also, this is tedious sometimes but absolutely necessary for making sure we are on top of our stuff!
6. We Volunteer- If We Got Paid, We Could Be Rich!
The amount of hours leaders put into being leaders and that is on top of being cookie mum for some of us is massive. We love your girls, we love this troop! So please keep in mind, we stay up very late and we wake up early to make sure things run smoothly-- and we don't get paid to do it!
7. We Have Lives Outside Scouting...
And this is obvious, but some people don't realise despite how many hours we do actually put into scouting (and I dread to count the actual hours), that we do have many things to do beyond scouting. Some of us have medical things going on, or family things, or actually do want to put our kids into swimming too.
8. If We Ask For Help, It's because We Need It!
Again, captain obvious here, but it's true. Sometimes people think that if we ask for help we are just wanting to push off work on you. Sometimes it is our last straw to ask for help. I am a type A all the way and I sometimes prefer to just get it done on my own but if I ask for help, it is for a real reason! So please help me help you help the troop of amazing girls we have!
9. If You Would Like to Show Your Gratitude for What we Do, Please Do!
It makes us feel more appreciated and that we are doing something right when people/parents let us know that we are doing good and that our work is appreciated. Any token of gratitude is appreciated! In fact, wine is great-- (hahaha). And I have the resource to tell me what cookie goes with it!
10.What Other Cookie Mum/Troop Leaders Say
(these are not my opinions, but those of the amazing leaders around the nation, within different councils (meaning different rules), and with their own experiences). So keep in mind the follow that your Cookie mum goes through!:
Remember that no matter our frustration.... We Love Our Troop-- That is Why We Do It!
We love our troop and want to support girls, big dreams, and business savvy amongst them. Seeing the girls blossom makes it all the worth it!