If you read an earlier post of mine this spring, you know my husband and I are coaching kindergarten lacrosse this spring. This is a first for me, and so far has been rewarding. Now, however, the fundraisers have begun. This is the first time I have been on the parent side of this as well. So many firsts!
I understand fundraising for a particular group. I have bought countless Girl Scout Cookies (ok, so that’s not just about the fundraising because I do look forward to Tagalongs and Samoas), raffle tickets, and other various items from my niece and many students over the years. I enjoyed supporting them and didn’t really think too much about it.
Now that I am on the asking side of things, I have come to realize I have a habit of overthinking when I need to ask for something. I feel strongly that my children need to do the sales pitch and ask friends and family on their own. It’s great practice in speaking to others and being a part of a team, but apparently it’s not that simple.
I learned I needed to download a new app and sign up with an account in order to create a store front in order to sell tubs of cookie dough. I could then share my store front on social media or via text. So I did. And then people commented and bought the $20 cookie dough and I felt surprised and…guilty?! They had responded to my Facebook post and my children had done no part in asking. I was surprised at who bought stuff as well – some people we barely know, but we’re supporting the kids’ lacrosse teams.
Because I analyze everything it seems, it left me wondering if all these years past when I’ve supported children in their fundraisers without really thinking of it, if there was this surprise as well. It is quite possible that most parents do not give as much energy to overthinking as me either!
Now, since my children seemed to have gotten out of the sale pitch part because of the technology needed and me not having a plan of how to do it differently, they now have many people who will be receiving handwritten thank you from them when they receive their cookie dough! And I have another thing learned on this journey of parenting and sports.