Thursday, April 27, 2017 marks the 24th anniversary of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Over 39 million people in the United States participated in the program in 2016. This national program encourages workers to not only take their own children to work, but also reach out to take relatives and displaced children to work for the day. The suggested age range for participating in the day is between 8 and 18.
Oftentimes, we ask children “what do you want to be when you grow up?” The youngest children will typically answer teacher, doctor, fire fighter or lawyer.
But, do they really know what choosing a career really means? Would the answer change if we asked the right questions? How would we shape their thoughts around education and career if we exposed them to a different workplace each year starting as young as third grade?
Instead of asking broad questions that elicit general answers, parents should try asking specific questions that will enable them to ascertain their children’s interests. This will help parents plan activities for their children on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and beyond. Continue reading “We Could All Learn from Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day”
Let’s be honest. With the exception of those of us shoveling in the cold for hours, almost everyone secretly enjoys being completely snowed in for one day. If you happen to fall into the “nonessential personnel” category, then you’re off from work and the kiddies are off from school. Your entire world freezes. You’re understandably and secretly happy to be unable to answer work emails, run errands, rush to take the kids to activities. (Breathing a collective sigh of relief and air high-fiving all of you parents out there.) You leisurely wake up and think of the full breakfast you’re able to make today since the 5 minutes your schedule allows on a regular workday never allows you to make the breakfast your heart desires. Suddenly, you realize that the inevitable is bound to happen; within the next couple of hours your children will tell you that they are bored. However, today will be different.
Here are 3 Fun Things to Do With Your Children on a Snow Day:
(Disclaimer: This post was approved by kid-approved by my 10-year-old daughter to make sure that these activities aren’t just fun for us parents.) Continue reading “Snowed In: 3 FunThings to Do With Kids”
If you have ever wanted to make homemade ice cream but didn’t think you had the right tools, it turns out, you do! This easy recipe makes a simple vanilla ice cream, but you can add other ingredients to make different flavors. The whole process takes about 7 minutes!
Continue reading “Make Your Own Ice Cream At Home!”
Getting three or more people ready in the morning is probably the most stressful part of your day as a parent. Sometimes you may even forget to pack lunch for your kids or you might not even have anytime time to. Here are some kid approved quick lunches you can pack the morning of or get ready the night before. You can also cut some time by pre-cutting and storing some lunch staples like melon or carrots. Meal prep containers can be found online for quite a steal and they make bringing lunch easier and more fun! Continue reading ““On-The-Go” Lunches: Kid Approved”
Chores are slowly becoming a thing of the past for this generation’s children, but you might want to revive the chore chart before it is too late.
Continue reading “You Might Want to Rethink Trashing the Chore Chart”
The last thing children ever want to do is math, let alone multiplication! Here are some tricks when it comes to overcoming the dreaded thought of mental math: multiplication edition. Continue reading “Multiplication Tricks For Your Child”
Like most children, I was brought up reading short stories and poetry books. First, my mother read me Three Billy Goats Gruff, then The Story of Ferdinand—a kind bull interested in smelling flowers, not fighting matadors, then The Pony Club series. Sometime after that my interest in reading dropped off a cliff. I was not like my sister, who finished new Harry Potter Books in a day. Thankfully, towards the end of high school I found a new love for reading that has carried into adulthood.
But how did my parents create a book lover in my sister and not in me? Continue reading “Turn Your Child Into A Book Lover For Life”