Making a Deeper Connection with Your Daughter
by Wendy Firestone, Chief Development Officer, Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada
Life is busy, frenetic and challenging when you are not in the throes of a dissolving marriage. Nearly all parents worry if they are spending enough quality time with their children, while children are spending more and more time connected to their electronic devices.
Girls Scouts of the Sierra Nevada would like to suggest an antidote that not only provides a framework for parents to spend regular quality time with their daughters, but also has a proven track record of giving girls the skills they need to thrive both now and as adults.
Become a Girl Scout Troop Leader
Whether you are a mom or dad, you can become a Troop Leader and help your daughter, and 3 to 15 other girls build self-confidence, have grand adventures and create life-long friendships. Girl Scouts provides curriculum, in the form of badges girls can earn, in S.T.E.M., healthy living, environmental leadership, financial literacy/entrepreneurship, and community service. But, all the girls know, is that they are having fun! Projects are girl-led, hands-on and designed to help ignite her passions and inspire her to aim for the stars.
But, I Don’t Have Time
Typically troops meet just twice a month for 1-2 hours, but Leaders get to decide how often troops meet. Each troop must have two troop leaders, so you are never in it alone. Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada council provides training, both online and in person, events and programming to supplement your efforts and a low-cost summer camp in the beautiful Tahoe National Forest near Sierra City, California.
Worth a Try…
Girl Scouting will give you and your daughter an anchored time together. It will create lasting memories, and research shows that this time will help her build the resilience she needs to help get her through tough times in her life.
And if you are still not sure, here is a quote from “An Open Letter to New Girl Scout Leaders,” by Troop Leader, Laura.
“If you are worried you are going to get it wrong, or wondering how you will possibly manage, I’m here to tell you that you are doing exactly what they need, no matter what, just by being there.
Your girls are lucky to have you as a role model in their life, just as you are lucky that they are letting you be a part of their lives. You never know when they will need your smile.
You matter. You are enough. That is the main thing I want you to know as you start your Leadership journey.”
Learn more at gssn.org and start your Girl Scout journey today!