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Since 1993, millions of Americans have participated in the annual Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work® day. A day at work will help your child discover the link between what they do now in school and what they can become in the future.

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Calling all children

The event, traditionally held on the fourth Thursday in April, began when the Foundation for Women introduced Take Our Daughters to Work Day. Today, the program includes daughters, sons and also "children from housing authorities and shelters, nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends, and more."

And each year, the Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work® Foundation develops a theme, such as Invent the Future, to help companies develop programs and activities geared toward visiting youth, especially those aged 8 to 18.

Benefits of taking your child to work

Natascha Saunders, a certified career coach focused on our youth, believes Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day® is an excellent idea. The benefits are especially good for those children who have the opportunity to go with a parent, family member or close friend who is in a profession in which the child has an interest:

  • Children are able to ask their parents (and co-workers) questions about what they do and if they enjoy it.
  • Kids see teamwork in action and learn that decisions we make impact not just us, but others as well.
  • It's an opportunity to volunteer on a special project or learn something new while gaining hands-on experience.
  • On the flip side, parents can observe too. A day at work may bring out hidden talents and skills you didn't know your child had.
  • Kids want to know how the things they're learning in school fit in with the real world. When you take your child to work, you can actually point out where specific things they've learned in school will apply to specific job tasks.

One child's experience

Jaime Hoerbelt and her father participated back when the program was called Take Your Daughter to Work Day. Hoerbelt's father worked at a well-known investment bank in NYC and took his daughter to work from ages 10 through 13. "During the day, we went to workshops that included crafts and games," say Hoerbelt. "We were organized into groups and given lots of company swag. Then we went to lunch. At the end of the day we played simulation stock market games using brands such as McDonald's, Limited Too and Hershey's.

Taking your child to work with you can be a rewarding and educational experience for both of you. The activities promoted by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Foundation help introduce your child to teamwork, strengthen the bond between education and work, and build your parent-child relationship.


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