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November 06, 2015


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I remember when our farmer's market put it a "kids corner." Great I thought -- the kids can sit and color or whatever while I do the boring parts of shopping, and they can come along only for the parts they like (I had veggie kids and fruit kids, and they did not overlap).

Except parents were supposed to sit with the kids, not venture up to 50 feet away -- the entire market is held on 1/3 of our small town block. It was apparently unsafe for them to color out of arms reach of me (in viewing range!).

I don't get it. I mean, I get it, but I don't get why the illogic is so strong. And I'm sorry it's hurting your family.

I love your posts on parenting Jamie, I always feel like I'm getting lessons from the master. I'm sure that's not how it feels to you, but I often at sea, and love checking in with my dear friend who has been on this mom journey before me.

You are out of sync with the collective. I don't think you're wrong. You give so much thought to your parenting decisions, and I know that it isn't obvious to your parental peer group.

I think in the chess tournament scenario, it was considered that the adults running it did not feel they could take full responsibility for the kids. Which is fine and understandable. To me they really needed volunteers who would monitor. It's just silly to require all parents to attend for the whole day.

It's just as well that Daisies won't work out with that mom. Girl Scouts has changed terribly since you and I were in it. Now it's less about doing and more about feeling. Also, Not Bullying. Stella will learn much more under your tutelage than she will in the Bubblewrap Scouts.

Our experience with Girl Scouts has been less than stellar. Almost none of what we did growing up. Lots and lots of selling, sales, and more selling. Your money and the troops efforts all get funneled into the larger organization and in return the organization gives you, um, the right to spend more money on Girl Scout stuff. A lot of after-school special type morality and not a lot of skills learning anything.

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