May 4, 2016
How to Teach “Take Our Kids to Work Day” Lessons Year-Round
Last Thursday, all across the United States, children ages 8-18 participated in the 23rd annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This nationally recognized event, sponsored by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation, is held each year on the 4th Thursday in April. The program is unique from other career days because it focuses on topics such as work-life balance, the value of education, and helping the child develop a vision for their own career.
In recognition of the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work program, we have developed a list of ways for you to engage with your child about these topics year-round!
For Young Children
- Ask your child to write down what they think you do at work. When they have finished (and you’ve mostly likely laughed yourself silly), sit down together and talk about what they wrote/what you actually do.
- Give your child a piece of blank paper, and ask them to draw what their “dream-job” looks like. While they draw, talk with them about what they think they will need to do to achieve the goal (good grades, good behavior, hard work, etc.).
- If you work from home, allow your child to “help” you by doing tasks such as stacking papers, organizing desk supplies, or setting up a space nearby for them to do their own “work”.
- Do volunteer work with your child, such as picking up trash or helping with a local community service project.
- If you work from home, or bring work home, consider giving your child an age-appropriate task to complete with you. Examples of this would be sorting paperwork, calculating numerical data, or reading research materials and discussing them together.
- Talk with your child about their interests and goals, then search for information together online about schools, majors, and careers.
- Help your child find a place to volunteer.
- Provide your child with the necessary materials to prepare for examinations such as the PSAT or SAT, but have them take the steps to register themselves.
HEARTS for Families believes that communication is KEY to developing healthy relationships and strong families. We hope that these activities will help foster communication and interaction between you and your children.