Earn the Badge: Take Your Kids to Work DayApr 25, 2013
Today, April 25th, is “Take Your Kids To Work” day and this is it’s 20th anniversary. The theme this year is “Work in Progress”. Certainly all our kids are “works in progress”, and our team here at Commendable Kids focuses on assisting you in that very endeavor.
The recommended age to participate is between the age of 8-18, but of course, you know your child best. Sharing this awesome experience with your child can be done at any age as long as they are old enough to appreciate it. I’ve been taking my children with me since they were old enough to walk!
Over 37 million parents and kids celebrate this day every year and why not? It’s a fun way to educate your kids about what their parents do at work. It’s a great opportunity to share the value of hard work, education, and the possibilities available to them as they grow up. Not only is this day great for children to learn about what their parents really do at work, but it’s a great bonding experience!
Because our mission at Commendable Kids is to help support your efforts to raise your children to be the best they can be, we’ve created a badge specifically to commemorate their participation in your work today.
How to help your child earn the badge
First, take them with you to work! That’s the obvious part, but while there, here are a few things you can do to make the most of the opportunity:
Tour your office or facility
Maybe you work in a closet or a cubicle, or maybe your work has no walls. Regardless of where you spend the bulk of your time, there are probably occasions where you get up from behind your desk. Sharing the variations in what you do and where you go while working can help deepen a child’s understanding of what a day at your work really looks like.
Give them a simple task
This will greatly depend on your children’s age, but giving them something to do can help them feel more a part of what you do, if even for only a day, and can give them just a sampling of what your work involves. It’s also a great opportunity to teach them about performing and completing a job to the best of their ability. When they finish, share their work with a coworker or even your boss. Show them the benefits of working with others and encouraging each other.
Ask them to explain a few things they learned that day
When the day is over, give them a quiz. It’s doesn’t have to be the kind that makes their eyes roll, but ask them some questions about what they did and what they observed to get them thinking about their experience. Have an honest discussion. This is a great opportunity to ensure they get the most out of their day.
Speaking of being honest, don’t feel you have to sugar coat what you do to make it sound more exciting. If you are open and honest and share what you are going through with them, it will deepen your relationship, and, will give them a better understanding of your daily challenges, and the challenges we all face when working for a living. The cons are just as important to teach as the pros.
More than anything, remember that to them, this should be a fun and unusual experience. A once a year event, that is out of the ordinary and gives them the chance to do something more with mom or dad. While it might be routine to you, it’s anything but that for them. So make it fun, have a great time and next year they’ll be begging to go again.
What if I hate my job?
Having jobs we dislike is an unfortunate part of life. As sad as it is when we find ourselves working in a job we don’t love, it’s still a great opportunity to teach our children valuable lessons. Teach them about working hard, even in the face of a bad situation. As well, letting them see a “bad” environment can help open their eyes to the importance of working diligently in school to give them the best opportunities in the future, and, that even when we do, we often still have to make the best of a bad job while we look for something better. It might also help them be a little more sympathetic when you come home in a bad mood.
Here are some other helpful online resources to help you make the most of this day.
Check out how RE/MAX got kids involved below.
This website can help you, as parents, prepare for your child’s day at work with you! There are tools for you and your workplace so your child can have the most fulfilling experience possible!
A 7th grader’s take on the day
Looking at this day from the child’s perspective, here’s an inspiring article where a 7th grader explains the importance of Take your Child to Work Day: