So why do we do it?
Why do we spend all that time and energy forcing the kids to walk the neighborhood in six inches of snow when it's cold and wet outside?
I'll tell you why. Selling Girl Scout cookies has taught them so many life lessons that would have been difficult for them to learn in other ways.
1. It's taught them to approach people when they are timid and afraid (and I do mean terrified! Princess cries every year when I try to get her to sell cookies.)
2. It's taught them to be friendly and outgoing.
3. It's taught them to answer questions and that required them to do their research and prepare BEFORE they hit the streets.
4. It's taught them responsibility.
5. It's taught them that they must keep trying even when they are cold and tired and hungry.
6. It's taught them to use the bathroom before they leave the house (ok, some of them have learned that lesson...)
7. It's taught them to handle money and do math in their heads.
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9. It's taught them to work together and take care of the little ones (we pair up in groups of two or three and each group always has a small child).
10. It's taught them to set goals and achieve them.
They have probably learned a hundred other lessons as well. And these lessons are not just for the girls. Every one of my kids has helped sell and deliver cookies, because when we choose to do something as a family, we all participate.
And now I'm going to crawl back into my nice comfy bed... and see if I can warm my feet (and I didn't even walk that much!).