Last night was the girls Brownie/Guide cookie sale. They did very well !! I accompanied my girls + two friends on our designated route. The weather co-operated for the most part...just a little sprinkle 1/2 way through. They sold 6 cases in just less than 2 hours going door to door. That's 72 boxes sold by a group of young girls who all struggle in some way with social boundaries or anxiety issues. We also had 2 of the 4 who are very leery if not terrified of dogs (Dog ownership is extremely popular here). So you can see that it was truly a really successful evening.
When I decided to sign the kids up for Brownies/Guides/Beavers/Scouts my hope was to give them an opportunity to make friends. Over the last 9 months they have accomplished more than making friends. I'm thankful for haven found a great support network for all of us. Leaders who have become friends to me & mentors for my kids. Who have gone out of their way to make events successful for each of my children & to encourage tolerance & understanding from the other children & families. This has not been done in a "poor you" kind of way....there has been nothing but kindness & respect !
When you have 4 children all of whom have various degrees of FASD finding groups/activities that are inclusive,respectful and safe to attend without a parent can be extremely difficult.
In the beginning I was very leery that maybe I was setting them up for yet another negative experience. I'm happy to admit that my fears were more than unfounded !!!
We are a family formed through adoption, foster care and most importantly choice...I am an earth loving, vegetable growing, frugal full time attachment momma to four beautifully complicated children. Welcome to our on line journal.