The first girls' club meeting was held! I thought we could get a lot done, but there was just enough time in the 1 1/2 to 2 hours to introduce everyone, vote on a club name (The Great Girls Club), and decorate a shirt to use as a smock in future meetings. Password, handshakes, etc will probably be not be a voting process--it could take months! We also didn't discuss how to handle craft costs, snacking, and which American Girls to concentrate on. I decided to go chronologically.
Most of the girls had a good time. There was one notable exception--my very own daughter. My younger daughter, Flurpee, had a rip-roaring, scream-at-the-top-of-her-lungs, knock-over-furniture, destroy-any-crafting-material temper tantrum. In case you forgot, she's almost seven! She's a big girl. It was very disruptive to the meeting too, with the screaming and all of the kids whispering about how badly she was behaving and not able to enjoy the meeting as much.
There are a number of things I can think might have exacerbated Flurpee's wild behavior (many of which involve my own mistakes, but since it's my blog I think I'll just ignore those for now). I cannot discount the addition of Filthy Little Moose. I probably 'babied' her quite a bit. For another I have not yet settled on a consistent approach to this apparent melt-down/manipulation (oh yes, some of it is deliberately planned). Well, now that I've decided screaming in frustration didn't actually help (can you believe it took me a whole month to figure that out?). Harder schoolwork now that she's advancing in grades could also be a problem.