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Old 02-04-2004, 10:00 AM
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4H is a great place to try. The kids are not age or gender segregated ( like real life and not school life) and any project goes. Personally, I would love to do a quilting bee. But I am already a scientist professionally. I already knew I had options and didn't need a girls-only group to tell me that. And cake decorating is a great profession or side job.

I'm saying be careful about setting any limits. I should have gone into nursing but that was just a "woman's" job and I was to aim "higher". No one assested me for my natural interests but just pushed me into "men's" jobs. Frankly, I needed a job skill set with more flexibility to work as a mommy job with mommy hours -- not to compete with the guys who never see their kids either. So I recommend hair cutting or dental hygeine or the like in higher paying skill sets to fall back on or support one better while going to college. "Sequencing" is now the pattern of a woman's life.

Word of warning: test out any group and leave if you don't like it. Every group should have a try it twice without fees policy. While my 4H is very open and inclusive for all members I know of a group that the leaders were very critical if a project were not done right. They were very competitive instead of cooperative.
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Old 02-05-2004, 04:24 PM
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I would find a physical activity that she enjoys, and sign her up:

ballet
swimming
soccer
karate
gymnastics
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