“Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day®” – Even if You Work at Home!

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Most everyone has heard of Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day®. The national educational program originally called Take Our Daughters To Work Day® was created by the Ms. Foundation in 1993. In 2003, the organization expanded the program to include boys and changed the name to the Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day®.

The program continues to grow and gain support among employers and companies nationwide. Billed as “more than simply a career day,” the program offers children ages 8 to 18 insight into what their parents do for a living while opening up possible career options for them at the same time.

If you feel that being a home-based business owner or direct sales representative prohibits you from participating in Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day®, think again! While you may not actually “take” your son or daughter to work, you can involve them in your work at home. Taking part in this fun-filled day of education and togetherness will strengthen your family ties and build a greater understanding in your children for what it’s like to be a grown-up. Here are some ideas to get you started…

• Begin by explaining what it is you do. Describe the company you work for, what you sell, how you make a profit. If you give home parties or home shows, describe one. Discuss marketing and promotion, website building and Internet marketing and anything else you think relevant. Talk about your education, how you came to choose the company you work for and why.

• Plan several activities for your child in advance and have all the resources ready. Based on your child’s age and abilities, he or she can file, make copies, stamp coupons, cut and fold fillers, stuff envelopes and filler bags, and similar activities to help with actual work. You can also provide puzzles, games, coloring and other activities that relate to your business and that will help to entertain.

• Send out a press release about your child’s participation and include a photo of your child working with you. Everyone loves to see their name in print and children are no exception. (Great promotion for your business, too!) After the news story is published, frame a copy and hang it on your office wall as a keepsake.

• If you don’t have time to set aside a full day for the program, plan a half day, or even a few hours. Anything you can do will be worthwhile. You can end the day with a nice lunch and ask for feedback from your child as to what they liked best or how the day could have been better.

• Don’t have a son or daughter? Invite a niece or nephew, grandchild, or even a neighbor to take part. This would be a great time to get better acquainted with a child in your life.

By participating in Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day®, you help children explore future work and career opportunities while helping them to better understand what you do for a living as well. Take a day to teach a child. The results could be life-changing for him or her, and for you.


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