One of the most frequently asked questions and dilemmas that I see on the Girl Scout Moms forum at Babycenter.com is communicating with parents. There seems to be issues for some leaders because parents do not check emails. In a recent post, some parents requested phone calls for notifications because they did not want to communicate via email.
Personally, I only communicate by email. I have a routine-the Monday before the meeting I send a reminder about the meeting, and I send another on Thursday.
Once I had to make phone calls because our canned food drive took a bit longer than I had anticipated. and the parents were happy to leave them for an additional half hour. Since I already had three moms at my house, I only had to call a handful of others.
I have four part-time jobs, two from home and two outside the home. Today I am working three of them. I simply do not have the time to call eight other people to remind them of something, when there are so many efficient ways to communicate. We no longer live in an era where phone calls are the only option of sharing important information.
Some leaders set up their own private websites, while others text message. Still others send home reminder notes.
You must always keep in mind that you are a VOLUNTEER. How things work for your troop has to revolve around what is best for YOU. There should be NO GUILT involved. If someone has an issue with how you run things, she can either change her daughter’s troop, create her own troop, or be quiet about it.
I am very lucky to have a supportive group of parents, but I realize that not everyone is in the same boat as I am.
How do you communicate with your parents?