Take Our Children To Work Day

posted on 4/24/13

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Take Our Children To Work Day. Established in 1993 as “Take Our Daughters To Work Day” by Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women, this annual event originated out of a need to provide girls with a boost in self-esteem. Ten years later the program was officially changed to a gender neutral occasion that would include boys as well. This April 25th, look through our handy guide to make the most out of this opportunity and encourage the children in your life to pursue their career goals!

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Keep It Interesting

The most important part of Take Our Children To Work Day is making sure that the children who participate are being enriched by this unique learning experience. This means you will need to maintain a balance between educational value and entertainment factor. You should talk to your child in advance to establish what it is they hope to learn. Show them the functional aspects of your job, but also place an emphasis on the social environment and the community that is fostered among coworkers. Try to give them frequent breaks to get a snack and interact with other children who might be visiting for the day.

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Broaden Their Horizons

Another key element to this day of learning is to guarantee that the children are being exposed to as many areas of interest as possible. The suggested age range for Take Our Children To Work Day is between 8 to 18 years old. If your job is not related to the future aspirations of your child, you might want to find another more suitable workplace for them to spend the day at. Even if your child does want to follow in your footsteps, try having them explore the workplace of other family members and friends. Likewise, you should make the offer to your loved ones to host their child for the day.

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Coordinate With Coworkers

In order to maximize the benefits of this educational opportunity, it will be crucial for you to communicate with your coworkers prior to having your child visit your workplace. Talk to them about what your child is interested in learning and see if they might be able to provide some insight. Let them know that they are under no obligation to participate if it will add strain to their workload, but that any enthusiasm they can muster would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps some of your coworkers will also have children visiting on that day and you will be able to arrange for some sort of group activity.

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Maintain Safety

This should go without saying, but DO NOT bring your child to any work environment that might be unsafe or inappropriate for minors. Of course this subjective guideline is open to interpretation. Cops have very dangerous jobs, but minors are frequently invited to join them on “ride along” trips. However, there are some workplaces that are distinctly not child-friendly. Strip clubs and fireworks factories, for starters. Just keep their little fingers away from sharp objects, flammable materials, and naked bodies.

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If you follow these simple guidelines, you will be able to avoid any headaches or difficulties on Take Our Children To Work Day. Remember, this is a time for learning but also a wonderful bonding experience for you and your protege. Try to have fun on this special occasion, because all work and no play makes you a very dull employee!

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