Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every April, Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day® is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the one time of year when parents across the nation are encouraged to bring kids to their places of employment.
This year’s Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day falls on April 25.
If you choose to celebrate, below are some of the benefits you and your child might enjoy.
1. It Removes Gendered Stereotypes
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day allows boys and girls to explore potential careers without the gendered restrictions that are historically attached to many industries and jobs.
Whether daughters go with their fathers — or sons with their moms — the playing field is level for everyone.
2. It Gives Kids Perspective
Ever had a teenager who dismisses your contributions as a parent? Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day is the perfect time to help them understand what you do — and why that work matters.
This exposure won’t eliminate all the struggles you deal with at home. Teenagers are teenagers, after all, but it can help your kids understand the larger picture.
3. It Increases Quality Time (in a Different Setting)
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day can help the two of you bond a bit more. More specifically, you can spend quality time under slightly different circumstances — instead of over hurried dinners, silent commutes, or endless Netflix marathons.
You may be surprised by what you both find out about each other.
How to Celebrate Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day
However, none of these benefits are 100 percent automatic. To make the most of this event, you need to invest a little prep.
For starters, organizers don’t recommend bringing kids younger than eight years old. Their attention spans and comprehension levels aren’t mature enough to receive much value. You’ll also have a tough time keeping them entertained over a standard eight-hour workday.
Assuming your kids are old enough, however, below is a collection of best practices gleaned from past experiences of Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day.
The first step involves deciding what you want your kid to experience. Fortunately, the organizers publish annual themes to guide you in this process.
This year’s theme is Workforce Development For All, and there are online activity guides to get you started.
2. Get Permission First
With almost 40 million parents involved, there’s a good chance your boss already knows about Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day.
You should still get permission before bringing your kid unannounced. Also, be sure to let the principal know your son or daughter won’t be in class on that day.
3. Talk to Your Co-Workers
If this is your first time celebrating Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day, talk to your colleagues about what previously worked for them. In fact, it makes sense to plan this year’s event together to keep costs and redundancies to a minimum.
For example, there’s no need to plan two-plus office tours when you could just group everyone with a single guide.
4. Talk to Your Kid
Before taking your son or daughter into work, you should get his or her permission as well. Better still, find out what your children’s interests are. You may discover that your job doesn’t really appeal to them.
If that’s the case, don’t be offended. There’s a good chance you’re not doing what your parents or grandparents did either.
Maybe friends or family members can take over for you. You might find nieces, nephews or neighborhood kids who do want to tag along to your job.
5. Establish Ground Rules
Whomever you take, it’s important to give him or her a primer on what is and isn’t acceptable. Every office has rules, and it’s better your companion learns them in advance instead of after the fact.
A Free Toolkit and Checklist for First-Timers
Still a little nervous about Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day? Not quite sure what to expect?
Don’t forget to enjoy yourself. Your kids will be watching.