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.
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:
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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