Each year on the fourth Thursday in April, children from across the nation leave their book bags at home and embark on a normal work day with mom or dad. This year’s event on April 25, 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and is an occasion for parents to give their children a real-life experience in the workplace. This hands-on experience is another opportunity to prepare students for college and future careers.
Beginning as a way for young girls to gain self-confidence and inspiration for future careers, the program has expanded through the years to include boys and children from residential programs and shelters. The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation encourages parents to use this annual event to show their child the value of a quality education and to start a dialogue about the child’s career aspirations.
Not only is this event a great way for your children to see you in action, they can also develop important professional habits from watching your example. To make the most of your day, check out the foundation’s planning tips webpage and activities planner for fun and engaging activities.
A little time spent planning can transform this event into more than just a career-shadowing day for your child. Talk to your employer today to find out what paperwork, if any, is needed.Visit Forbes’s Do’s and Don’ts for a complete list of useful tips for bringing your children into the workplace.
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a great opportunity for children to see their parents as the dedicated professionals they are, committed to bettering their workplace and community. With their parent’s example, children will see their education and hard work as a vehicle to a successful, productive career.