We Could All Learn from Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

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.

young-entrepreneursOftentimes, 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”

Developing the Leader Within Your Child

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.

son-388523_1920Many 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”