Growing up I have fond memories of accompanying my mother and father to work. With great anticipation I would jump into the car and head to work with Mom at least once a year. While the experience was often scary it was exciting to climb up on the big chair in the back of the room and watch Mom work. Mom was a High School Home Economics teacher at an urban school in Baltimore, MD.
Going to work with Dad was altogether a different experience witnessing the day-to-day operations at the United States Postal Service. Before Dad would go out on his route I learned firsthand how mail was sorted and how enormous a responsibility it was getting the mail out. Rain, sleet or snow my Dad and other postal workers ensured that the mail got out on time.
Having these experiences as a child help shape my earliest recollections of the importance of going to work. Realizing how hard my parents worked and the daily responsibilities and commitment of having a job taught me the power of work ethic and sacrifice at a young age.
On Thursday, April 25, 2013 children and parents will participate in Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day, an annual effort supporting greater opportunities to expose children to the world of work and what parents do in their daily lives.
Founded in 2003 Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day was developed to introduce children to the wide array of careers and create opportunities for children to bond with their parents. While we all want our children to be successful in life, taking advantage of Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day is great activity which promotes career exploration for children.
For the past 20 years millions of children and parents across the United States have participated in Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day and celebrated the success of expanding meaningful educational opportunities for children.
A few tips to consider for taking your child to work:
- Be sure to plan your visit ahead of time.
- Notify your child’s school that they will be absent.
- Contact your supervisor to get consent to bring your child to work.
- Determine how long your child is going to stay at work with you. Full day? Or half a day?
- Leave any games, cell phones, and other devices which make noise at home.
- Set some boundaries for the day (use inside voice & no playing are just a few).
- Talk to your child. Let them know what to expect at your job.
David Miller is the Social Media Manager for the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse