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2019 Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is April 25

Each year, millions of parents take their children to work with them to introduce them to what they do and give them an idea of just how much they do outside the home. On this day each year, children from the ages of eight to eighteen accompany their mom or dad to work and participate in various activities to learn a bit more about what it is like to work in that field.

All Careers Are Worth Learning About

It doesn’t matter whether you work as a cook, a business executive, a construction worker, a fireman, a miner or a teacher, there are opportunities for learning if you take your child with you and let them see what it is you do and how to contribute to society and make the world a better place. It is also a great way to demonstrate to your child what it is you do while you’re away from them. This is especially important in families where both parents work and children may sometimes wish their parents didn’t have to leave them. Learning how integral their parents’ contributions are is a crucial step toward understanding the necessity for working. Children can also get a taste of just how demanding their parents’ jobs are and their parents’ role in keeping a business or organization running smoothly on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Let Your Child Wear a Career-Themed Costume

Your child will be excited about being able to spend the day with you, so make it even more special by encouraging them to dress up. If you’re a nurse or doctor, letting your child wear a nurse’s or doctor’s costume will get them into the spirit of what you do. It’s also a great way to teach them about why you wear what you do, the importance of being properly dressed for the work you do and how your clothes affect your job performance.  Accessories like a stethoscope, a clipboard, books or a hard hat can be opportunities for you to educate your kids about the tools of your trade.

Get Your School Involved

Sometimes it isn’t feasible to take your child to work because of safety reasons or company policies at your workplace. If this is the case, work with your child’s school to have a special career day on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. You can find resources for how to do this at https://daughtersandsonstowork.org/, where there are career videos, activity guides and loads of resources for schools and organizations. This year’s theme is “Workforce Development for All.”

If your school is hosting a special event on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, suggest that students dress up as what they want to be when they grow up. This is a great way to engage students and get conversations started about what kind of education is needed for the careers they are interested in, whether it’s a police officer , an executive or a professor.

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