As the saying goes the youth is the future. For many, one of the principle reasons to purchase a home is providing a stable environment to raise a family. A home provides a foundation, which plants the seeds for our children to shine. Another fantastic way to share what the future holds for our youth is bring your child to work day.
It is important to teach our children that our jobs, contributing to society, and earning a paycheck are essential for living and to support families. Some children may not like that their parent leaves for the day or works late. Bringing them to work on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day may help them understand better, but also see firsthand the opportunities their future may hold.
From businesses that are hosting events to parents considering bringing their children to the office, the following are some tidbits to ensure a successful day!
Bring Your Child to Work Day Activities
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work activities should introduce participants to the vast range of potential job opportunities. These activities should spark a curiosity into the future and aim to have children consider how their future work will fit into their overall lives.
The major goal for the activities is to encourage children to dream about their future family and work lives, and how to achieve those goals!
Regardless of your business, there are some simple icebreaker activities that encourage children to dream.
- Dream Big Questions
Engage children by asking open ended questions, like “What do you want to change in the world?” because a natural conversation about likes and dislikes will develop. The discussion can lead to details about how to accomplish that big dream and provide some insight into future occupations that will help.
- Imagine the Future
Another conversation topic relates to how our children may see themselves down the road. In this problem-solving activity, children build awareness of how they might approach the challenges of managing work and family life.
- Ask the Adults
It may be difficult for many businesses to have children actually “on the job” so activities are mainly around conversations, such as Ask the Adults. In this activity, the children turn into the reporters and have the chance to interview adults about their experiences in managing work and home life.
- Tour the Office
For those that work in an office building, then providing a tour will give your children an appreciation of where you spend your time during the day. It will be a positive experience for them to see your cubicle or office with their pictures or artwork on the walls.
For those that work outside, the typical “office” setting may be quite dangerous (depending on the day and age of the children). However, it is possible that businesses can set up equipment and you can show your children the machinery. In fact, if you have recently completed a job, show them the end product!
Benefits of Bring Your Child to Work Day
In addition to seeing their parents succeed, another huge benefit is experiencing quality time together. Our children can see how we spend our time and we can build off that going forward!
We can share our experiences through conversation about our days together. Many parents ask “how was your day?” and get standard shrugs or the stock “ok” as a response. Instead, try some unique questions, such as:
- Did anyone do anything silly to make you laugh?
- What was the best thing that happened today?
- Did you help anyone today?
- Who helped you today?
- Did you tell anyone “thank you?”
Now that our children have seen the office, then we can give examples as well. Parents can say, “remember Patty? She helped me so I could get home for dinner on time!”
While it is important that your child understand why you go to work everyday, it is equally, important that you set aside time each day for quality family time.