With everything going on I had to prioritize, hence the blog and podcast suffered delays. I regret not keeping up my responsibility for the site, but I used that time to fit in time with my daughters instead. I hope you can understand that playing Barbies, tea parties, and having those important discussions about boys far outweighed all of this.
Ok, onto something of more substance for you to enjoy. I spent last weekend with my oldest daughter at Girl Scout Camp. I am a Co-Leader for her troop and really enjoy the time as a male leader. 1% of Girl Scout (Girl Guides in the UK) are men, and I feel that it is important for those girls who don't have good male role models in their lives to be exposed to them in some capacity. To make things easier I did not camp overnight, I came home and slept like 4 hours just so I could rush back and be there for breakfast. As a result of me being one of the few men in camp, I was requested to wear a sign that had printed upon it "Dad in Camp". I chuckled and put it on without a second thought. I was really disappointed later when I found out that another Dad had decided he would rather leave the camp than wear the sign. I can't understand how you would rather lose the time with your daughter over the fact of not wanting to wear a sign. I would wear a hot pink and purple tuxedo if it meant spending time with my daughter. I feel bad for that girl who missed the time with her father because he had some issue with wearing a small sign that I am glad they issue so that there aren't any strange men just walking around. Grant it, women could be child predators also, but I still feel safer that men are wearing "credentials" to show that they belong there.
During this trip I was happy to see my daughter's independence show through. Not only was she doing all of her own things (making her own breakfast, hand washing her own dishes, setting up her cot and pack in the tent), but she was always taking the time to help out other girls. She shows that she can be a natural leader, and she cares how the group progresses. To her, if there is someone that is having a problem with an activity, then the whole group has a problem with the activity.