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Old 02-10-2015, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Atlanta (Finally on 4-1-17)
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Selling cookies would offer great lessons in business, work ethic and responsibility.


What lessons are taught/learned when the parent takes the sign-up form to work and does the selling?
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Old 02-10-2015, 07:32 PM
 
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Subcontracting.

There. Was that so hard?
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:45 PM
 
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Outsourcing
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Old 02-10-2015, 09:05 PM
 
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How to live in a welfare state.
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Old 02-10-2015, 09:15 PM
 
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that parents are controlling? projecting?
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Old 02-11-2015, 08:48 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Fortunately we have banned that sort of thing here where I work, the various employee kid fund raisers were driving us nuts. When ours were that age we let them do it on their own. Too many parents want their kid to be the top seller, or meet some crazy goal for their kid to be recognized for their sales and it's really a scam, like the parent doing the homework for them. The kids learn nothing, but the scouts don't care because they get their money.
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Old 02-11-2015, 09:00 AM
 
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It's an awesome way to live vicariously through your child. You get to right any wrongs and Be the best that you never got to be when you were a child.
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Old 02-13-2015, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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What lessons are taught/learned when the parent takes the sign-up form to work and does the selling?
How to mooch off the parents.
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Old 02-13-2015, 10:48 AM
 
Location: All Over
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This is really no different than parents helping too much on homework assignments or science projects. Parents like to help their kids,sometimes they go overboard. Also it seems to be such a competittive thing now that a girl selling on her own could never compete against a girl who's mom is hooked up at the PTA, sports programs, etc who's going to sell hundreds of boxes for their kid.
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Old 02-17-2015, 07:39 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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My opinion: youth groups need to find another way to fund. It is beyond dangerous for a child to go door to door selling. Personally, I wouldn't allow my child to do it.

Every year, a couple of parents will sit with their kids outside a grocery store and the kids make the sales pitch. But mostly, the parents go and take orders at work. It's very annoying for the employees and it teaches nothing to the kids. It wouldn't be awful if it happened once a year, but it is every week, or multiple times a week. Cookies, band candy, money for trips, sponsered walks, it never ends.

OK, I confess, I sometimes get my car washed at the football cheerleaders or the 4-H car wash. That is the kids themselves working for their club money.
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