Tomorrow is take your daughters and sons to work day. Will you be participating? I can hear the groans from those who may not have kids themselves, or the stodgy old hall monitor who might see this holiday as a nuisance. Of course, kids are anything but quiet and must be given opportunities to learn how to act in different environments. It can be challenging to integrate children into a professional workspace when people are still trying to hold meetings and take care of business as usual.
That said, the merits of exposing our kids to different workplace environments are numerous. While my girls are still a bit young to spend even an hour with their dad at his office, I still plan to drop by tomorrow to say hello and give them a chance to see him and his colleagues in action. One of the most popular questions adults ask kids (myself included) is what do you want to be when you grow up? To answer that question, they need exposure. Jim works downtown which is extra exciting because we get to ride an elevator and people watch and I know they will be thrilled the whole way through.
The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day website provides some sample days if you are looking for some ideas, including tips for moms and dads who work from home or who are stay at home parents. Some companies have official event programs to host school-aged kids — how cool would it be to visit NBC as a kid?!
Do you have anything in particular planned for your family?
P.S. 31 Families that totally nailed Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. (I love numbers 11 and 13!)