A controversy is buzzing online about the ethical dilemma of parents pushing co-workers to buy Girl Scout cookies from their daughters. While some parents trot their princesses around the office hawking their confections from cubicle to cubicle, others act as grown-up Girl Scouts, passing around the sign-in sheet in the conference room, hoping a sprinkle of guilt will get their colleagues to commit to a few boxes.
There's no question about the pressures facing the parents pushing their daughters product for them, but is it ethical for them to deprive their kids of the very lessons cookie selling is supposed to teach them? Here's the thing: what your daughters aren't learning is rejection. One day, your little girls are going to get turned down by potential colleges, possible employers, even boys they'd like too date. A few doors slammed in their face selling cookies can prepare them to handle it.
Hard work pays off -- with an economy crumbling like their cookies, the next generation is going to have to work hard just to survive. The time, sweat and perseverance needed to sell enough boxes to win a prize develops the skills not only survive but succeed in the future.
The cookie selling program was developed to teach your daughter lessons like teamwork, money management and goal setting. If she's not doing the work, she's not learning the lessons.
Does the cookie dilemma extend beyond office politics? Tell us what you think!