Take Your Daughter to Work Day
By Laura Sussely-Pope, Pregnancy.org
April 26th is Take Your Daughter to Work Day! Does your company support this occasion? It’s hard to believe but this is the 20th anniversary of this tradition and according to its website, over 37 million youth participate in over 35 million workplaces! Amazing!
Of course, not all places of business are suitable for bringing the kids. If you work the graveyard shift in a dangerous factory or are an exotic dancer, maybe not. But for the most part, aimed at children ages 8 to 18, bringing the kids to work is a wonderful opportunity to show them what it is mom or dad does all day and to show them their options for the future.
This year’s theme is "Build Opportunity: 20 Years of Education, Empowerment and Experience." The movement has grown so much that last year, Italian MEP members of the European Parliament brought their kids to work with them.
Even the sitcom, “The Office” characters brought their kids to work! In that hilarious episode, four employees bring their kids in to spend the day at the office -- Toby's daughter Sasha, Stanley's daughter Melissa, Kevin's fiancée’s daughter Abby, and Meredith's son Jake.
Melissa develops a crush on Ryan, and Michael tries to impress the children by claiming he was a child star, while Dwight tries to show girlfriend Angela that he can be tough with Jake. They did, however, all make an attempt to show the kids all the different jobs in the office, which is the point, of course. The mere fact that Take Your Daughter to Work Day was the subject of an entire episode of such a popular show, shows just how much traction this “day” has.
What if you work at home from a virtual office or are a stay at home mom? Both are certainly work! Depending upon the circumstances that may well be an option for keeping your child home and showing them what it is you do. You may easily dispel the possible thought that you are hanging out watching TV, and your child would see what happens when you work at home or how hard – and rewarding -- it is being a stay-at-home mom. They may not realize that yes, being home is indeed that much work!
Whatever you end up doing, enjoy the day with your child! We leave you with this true story that happened in a San Diego courtroom, overheard by many. Lawyer Dad brought his young daughter to work. They are in open court. The judge called for a recess, and the daughter exclaimed, “Recess! Yay Daddy, I didn’t know you got recess!”
Where do you work? Will you be bringing your kids to work?
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