Take Your Child to Work Day

Take Your Child to Work Day

 Take Your Child to Work Mother.Daughter

The third Thursday of April is “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” where employees across the country bring their children to work offering a valuable opportunity for these daughters and sons to observe their parents in a different light.

Originally started as “Take your Daughter to Work Day” in 1993; the message was to help “empower” women (and young girls) to view the various roles offered to women. It was still a time when women were either supposed to be a “stay at home mom”, or if you were a professional, the best you were offered was to be a Secretary – now referred to Administrative Assistants.  A few years later, in 2003, it became inclusive as “Take your Child to Work Day”.  It is a great way to empower our kids to learn about the many career choices they have opened to them in later years,

There can be some very positive influences while bringing your child to work with you; and also, some quite negative aspects!  Often your child may wonder what exactly does Mommy or Daddy do when they go off to work after they drop me off at school. It is a chance for them to see you in a different, productive role outside our familiar roles at home.

When my daughter Kelly was in High School, right near my office, I did bring her to my office, which she was already familiar with as she would, at times, stop by after school.  At the time, I was working in the Stock Market with Financial Analysts. Kelly would help with filing, helping record Sales, always ready to help.

At the other end of the spectrum, was the negative aspect of “Take your Child to Work Day”.  Many of the fathers would bring their child to work, but it wasn’t a day of working with Daddy or Mommy.  As soon as they would walk into the Office their child was left at my desk, and the other Administrative Assistants would also become “baby sitter’s” for the day! I was often spouting the words “Please do not touch that”; “Please don’t play with the keyboard”, etc. I think my favorite was one broker’s son who discovered he could shoot staples across the room. Not exactly what Gloria Steinem intended when she started this day to help empower young girls into a world unfamiliar to them. 

 I came across these two humorous cards that I wanted to share that says it all!

Take Your Child to Work 1

Take Your Child to Work.Boredom 1

 

 

           

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About Pamela Baker

For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in various crafts. After crocheting for many years, recently I started designing OOAK jewelry pieces, always learning new techniques as I continued. I also have always loved to write, so I look forward to being a part of this Blog as one it's contributors. As a lifelong resident of NY, I am busy with my two shops on Etsy: MagdaleneJewels (OOAK designed jewelry items: Necklace,Bracelets, Earrings,rings): also, MagdaleneKnits (Crocheted & Knitted items for Newborns to Adults) I can also be found on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Word Press, YouTube. My Blogs are: http://pamelabaker.wordpress.com/wp-admin/users I also intend to bring tutorials to help you develop your Shops more effectively to increase your Views and Sales on the various mediums you may be selling your work on. I am always a convo or email away if you have any specific questions I can help you with.
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4 Responses to Take Your Child to Work Day

  1. Great, Pam. Got the picture……..

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  2. natashalh says:

    I remember doing a take your daughter to work day – with my dad! Although, honestly, I mostly just sat in his office because having an elementary school student in a college classroom would have been a little odd. I’d see my mom at work sometimes, but trying to spend the day shadowing her would have been awkward and probably illegal for a variety of reasons. In the early 90s she was finishing up her OBGYN residency. =) We’d go have dinner with her at the hospital on nights when she couldn’t come home, and sometimes on quiet nights I’d stay in the call room with her like a sleepover.

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    • Pamela Baker says:

      Sounds like you had a better professional education on your dinner visits with your mother. What a great idea to help her get through those 12 hours shifts!
      Gee I think you should have sat in on your father’s college classes, you could have lent your opinions!
      When I was working in our local HS in Special Ed classes, my youngest son when he had half days would come and hang out and of course entertain all the classes! Do miss those fun days – memories we can’t get back.

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