Every year on the fourth Thursday in April, offices and parents commemorate National Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. The day began as Take our Daughters to Work Day in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation for Women and was rebranded in 2003 as “Take Our Children to Work Day” to be more inclusive because work issues and gender equality affect both males and females. According to Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation, which was founded in 2007 and took over event management, ”’Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work®’ encourages girls and boys across the country to dream without gender limitations and to think imaginatively about their family, work and community lives.” The organization has expanded the day to encourage boys and girls to become involved in their communities. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a great opportunity for them to see what their parents do at work, see the office, and meet coworkers. It also gives them a lesson on from where the money for the home, food, clothing, and other items comes.
While it depends on the individual child and their age, the more specific benefits for the children include:
They will see their parents as people of whom they can be proud
Mom and Dad are more than Mom and Dad, they are respected, responsible workers. They will see why you leave home every morning so that they can have a better life.
They will learn about work/life balance
It can be difficult for children to learn why work occasionally must take priority and you may have to work late sometimes. By seeing the office and what you do, they may have a better understanding.
They will learn about work ethic
They will see how you arrive on time, interact respectfully with coworkers, focus on responsibility and make decisions. They will see that you are proud of what you do or the reason why you complain about your job. The rules you teach at home such as playing fairly, being honest, and following the rules can all be demonstrated by example at work.
They will learn about time management and prioritization
When at the office, show your child your to-do list, calendar and other items used to keep track of tasks. They should have the same approach to keeping track of schoolwork, deadlines, what days they have music lessons, etc.
Regardless of whether you decide to bring your offspring to the office tomorrow, the day can still open discussion about your job, why you chose that job and to talk about your children’s career goals.