Thank you for creating this post after some of my previous comments and I'm sure many other comments you've received from readers. It really is a shame how this fucking bullshit promotes "family values" yet tears families apart. I remember going on "exciting trips" to places like Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Charlotte to functions because there was no money to go on real vacations. There would be lots of other kids there, often without supervision.
I was twelve years old and while my parents were at the meetings in Baltimore I would wander around the streets while they thought I was at the aquarium at the Inner Harbor. Thank god nothing happened to me as little did this suburban-raised kid know Baltimore is one of the most dangerous cities in the country.
And yes, friends would ask me about why I would have these "weird" products in our house and packed in my lunchbox to bring to school. Really horrible memories the more I think about it but it's good to get it out there and move past it. Also thankfully my relationship with my parents has significantly improved, although they weren't able to afford the tuition for many of the top schools in the country to which I was accepted and had to settle for a state school. Perhaps had they not gotten involved in this horse-shit I'd have my Ivy League degree but oh well - I do very well for myself anyway and am NOT in any form of any of this MLM horeshit cult scam. I've said this before, but I cannot wait for the next time I get approached by a distributor. I feel bad for them already because I am going to start ranting and take out my frustration on them. But that's their fucking problem for being a moron and joining this bullshit.