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”
Have you ever looked at the world around you and wondered how leaders are created? Great leaders don’t just find themselves in positions of power by chance. They’ve strategically and purposely created opportunities for networking and advancement. Executives find themselves scaling professional social networks like Linkedin or rsvping for the company’s holiday party when looking to close that next big deal.
Many parents have the same attitude when intentionally creating an emerging leader within their child. In this case, exposure to leadership becomes key. A budding judge or attorney benefits from joining debate teams or viewing documentaries about important court cases. Are there children who eventually become judges despite not be exposed to the likes of Supreme Court justices? Surely! However, with the emergence of social media and it’s immediate accessibility to those who were otherwise unattainable, parents are utilizing a variety of platforms to mold young leaders. Continue reading “Developing the Leader Within Your Child”