Today is National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day.
I really love this day because it allows for career exploration and lets kids see what their parents actually do. “Work” can be an abstract concept until kids experience it firsthand. We had to convince my son to participate because the idea of spending a day writing is like torture for him. I get that, but I also want him to have a better understanding of what I do. I’m hoping after a day of going through work with me, my son will have a better appreciation for how hard I work as well. On the flip side, my daughter needs a reality check. She has this grand idea of what my work-from-home-writing life is like and I want her to see that it’s not all just fun and games.
Why National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day?
On the fourth Thursday of April, more than 37 million Americans take their kids to work with them. It’s become an important rite of passage for kids and a huge opportunity for parents. There is even a foundation to support National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day. Every year they create a theme for the day (this year is #CountOnMe). The foundation’s website also provides support for individuals and companies. They stress the importance of teaching kids to value their education and what doors it can open for them.
How to Participate
For me, it’s as easy as notifying the school that my kids will be accompanying me to work on April 27th, but that’s not the norm. Here are some tips to making your kids’ experience top notch:
- Contact your employer and make sure it is alright to bring your kids to work.
- Communicate with your coworkers that your child(ren) will be accompanying you to work.
- Check with your kid(s) teacher(s) to make sure they aren’t going to be missing anything crucial. Be sure to send excuses/notes that comply with school rules.
- Plan your day. Have an idea of what you will be doing with your kiddo(s) and try to provide as much variety as possible.
- Talk with your child(ren) before hand to make sure they understand the rules of the day.
- If you are able, invite other kids who may be interested in what you do or may not be able to accompany their own parents.