Bring Your Child to Work Day – April 27
In April we celebrated “Take your son or daughter to Work Day”. I hope that those of you that support this day really understand that if you make this day memorable, the child will remember.
I feel the most important factor to consider is the child – the impact and the experience it gives the child. I always like to share my experience.
Here is my experience. When I was very young around 6, my father took me to his work for a day. Back then I do not believe this special day even existed. (1993- Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, when parents host their kids at the office to expand their career horizons. Originally called Take Our Daughters to Work Day, the event was founded in 1993 by Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women). My father and I drove into NYC. He was a foreign exchange broker for a large company. The day is still very vivid in my mind some – 40 years later. He took me up to this office. There were five staggered rows of desks, each tiered higher then the next, every desk had a phone and there were papers everywhere. In front of all the desks, a whiteboard appeared with all colored writing. It was the largest I had even seen covering the entire wall. I met his co-workers and they let me draw on the white wall. It was a great day and I remember it like it was yesterday.
What appears from the outside as just “one day” and may not seem that important, however, to a child – it can mean the world. And for me, it sure did.
On this special day, We were so lucky to have James visit us again and this has been his third year. What is great is to see James grow up and learn new things. Each year I have given him more jobs to do that grow with his age. He organized papers, cleaned and organized our supplies and visited each recruiter to see if they needed any assistance. I know there are many companies that do not support this day but when you really think about this, it is for the child. As I have gotten older over the years and have seen my children grow up I am always telling them you will remember things for the rest of your lives. We know that James will remember these visits and we are feel glad we are able to give him this experience.