“Bring Your Child To Work Day” occurs every year on, typically on the 4th Thursday of April. It’s a time when businesses around the country open their doors to their employee’s sons and daughters, giving them a glimpse into the working world! It’s really a great opportunity to share and teach positive life skills. It began with a focus on empowering girls and now, most workplaces now welcome boys and girls equally.
If your employer has an official “Bring Your Child to Work Day,” program, you’re in luck! Find out the coordinator’s name, and sign your child up right away. Even if there’s nothing formal planned for this day, you can still enjoy the day! With some forethought, it can be a wonderful bonding opportunity for you and your children.
Talk to your employer and colleagues
Find out if your company or organization has any planned activities for the children that day. Lynn Taylor, author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant and national workplace expert says “there should be an office committee that can help. This event will be very [formative] of how your child envisions and defines work, so make it count.”
Plan the day
Think ahead about how your child will participate in the day. “Think about what you would like your child to see or do that day based on their interests.” Carolyn McKecuen, president of the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation, agrees. “Sit down the night before and talk to your child about what they want to learn that day and what they’re most looking forward to.”
Know your child’s interests and career aspirations
Don’t force your child to come to work with you if they aren’t interested in your job. “A lot of kids don’t necessarily want to follow in their parents’ footsteps,” McKecuen says. “If that’s the case, have a friend or family member bring your child to his or her workplace.”
Invite children other than your own
This is a great opportunity to invite your niece or nephew, neighbors, friends or children from housing authorities and shelters so that all daughters and sons can participate in the program.
Make it real
While you want to make it interesting, keep it realistic, Taylor says. “It’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, not a trip to Disney World. Allow them to see you problem-solve and let them partake in that process; a valuable and empowering exercise.” Don’t just have your child shadow you; make sure they’re engaged, Taylor adds. But be careful that you don’t let them become too hands-on at work.