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”