The Importance of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
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Being a stay-at-home parent is wonderful if it is what you choose, and it is right for your family. However, many members of the next generation will choose to work or will need to do so for economic reasons. In some cases, dads will be the stay-at-home parent and moms will work. It is therefore important for all kids to learn about a variety of work environments.
Alternative Ideas If You Can't Participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Even if you aren’t able to take advantage of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, this is a great time to talk to your child about the future. Discuss the importance of education and of having a good work ethic. Talk about the pride a person feels when a job is done well (whether at home or in the workplace). Discuss the importance of contributing to one’s family and to the world by investing time and effort in work—paid and volunteer.
This is an opportunity to share with your child (in an age-appropriate way) what you like about your job and what you don’t. Explain what you might have done differently now that you can look backwards. It is a chance to help your child not make the mistakes you made. It is also an opportunity to encourage her in areas in which you did not receive encouragement.
On this day, and throughout the year, remind your child that his work in school as a child and teen, as well as all the experiences and part time jobs he has, are the building blocks of a successful future career. Encourage your child to take pride in all that he does and be sure to role model the same in the way you approach your own job.