Why Taking Our Daughters and Sons to Work is a “Must Do”
Thursday, April 28, is the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. For over 22 years, schools, families and workplaces have joined to create an educational and career experience for children ages 8 through 18. This Day is an awesome opportunity to teach kids real-life lessons about the world of work and allow them to witness a different side of their parents, furthering their understanding of work-life integration.
5 Tips to Make the Most of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day:
To ensure your child gets the most out of the Day, consider these 5 tips:
- Discover your child’s career interests. Talk to your child in advance about her or his career interests and plan an experience that allows them to observe you or colleagues with careers where they have interests. Encourage them to ask questions and take notes to learn more about what it takes to prepare for a career in that field
- Be intentional with introductions. Introduce your daughters and sons to gender and racially diverse leaders at all levels and across various job functions. This will teach your child that the workplace is multicultural and interaction with others unlike themselves is an essential part of working in teams. If the senior leadership team is diverse, that’s an even more compelling impression to make with your child.
- Teach your child about setting business and development goals. Share your weekly, monthly or annual goals (in a language they understand) and describe steps you’re taking to reach them. Explain how your goals contribute to the organization’s mission or priorities. Consider having your child write their goals for the day. This will teach your child that every person is accountable for their performance and continuous learning and development is expected throughout their career.
- Let your child observe you having fun at work. Talk positively about work and let your child see you socializing with coworkers. This will send messages to your child that work is enjoyable and the workplace is an environment where friendships are formed. You can also reinforce balance by taking breaks throughout the day, eating a healthy lunch, and spacing out your activities.
- Solicit feedback from your child. What did they learn that was most helpful? What will they do as a result of what they learned during the day? What questions remain? What didn’t they like about the experience and how could it have been better? How is what they are learning in school related to what they observed at your workplace?
These are just 5 tips to ensure Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a success for your child. Our children learn about work from us, by how we talk about it and the observations they make. What they hear and see can shape their attitudes toward work, enhance their knowledge about what it takes to be successful and reinforce work-life integration. These are lessons too important to miss. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a must do.