I miss it EVERY year!

mother and child bonding

While I no longer have school age children, I DO have grandchildren. And, one of them has already expressed interest in taking over the business “after his professional baseball career because all Gammy does is sit on her butt all day.” Carson Leib – age 11 (12 by the time you read this!)

Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

The official event is April 26, 2018 this year. The event actually started in 1993 (where were YOU when it started?! I was working for International Paper Company and still remember us planning a 1/2 day event.) Take our Daughters to Work was the brain child of Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation. The title was changed in 2003 to be more inclusive. I honestly don’t remember employers limiting it to just girls even in the way back.

Pros and Cons

There are always pros and cons to any workplace event. You need to consider your environment and your workforce. Please consider the following:

  • Safety – is the environment SAFE for children? Will children be a distractor for employees making it unsafe for all?
  • Activities – what WILL you do with the kids? While I don’t sit on my “butt” all day like my Grandson thinks, I really don’t do things that a kid would find exciting or interesting. I would need to plan accordingly.
  • Talk to the parents – would they appreciate you holding some type of event? You don’t want to plan an event like this and have it ADD stress to the parents
  • Will the kids be interested? Have you EVER spent time with a bored kid? Do I need to say anything else?
  • Everybody needs rules. Kids have probably never been in a similar environment before. Do NOT assume they know how to behave in a place of employment. Set them up to succeed (and have fun!)
  • Have a safety valve. Make sure you, and the parents, know how to “escape” the situation if it becomes overwhelming for the child.

You can find an incredible amount of information at https://daughtersandsonstowork.org/.

Not sure if you’re ready to have kids at work? Reach out to [email protected] to discuss safety concerns or [email protected] to discuss activities!

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