For over two decades the fourth Thursday of every April has been a very special career day. On Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, kids get the chance to shadow adults at work. This helps the next generation learn more about the workforce. It’s also a chance for parents and children to bond, and, in addition, kids get the opportunity to learn more about what their parents do for a living.
“Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” is coming up. Are you and your kids participating? If you’re looking for mindful advice on how to make the whole thing a big success, check out the five tips listed below:
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Tips
1. Talk to Your Kids About Office Attire
The key to success starts at home—to be specific, it starts with your kids’ attire. Whether it’s a suit for the boardroom or a white coat for the lab, your kids will need to learn how to dress appropriately for work. Before Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, you and your kids can go through wardrobe options together. It’s doesn’t have to be blazers and dress shoes—casual work attire with cardigans and slacks can work too. As your kids try on options be sure to discuss the reason behind work attire.
2. Have a Discussion on Career Goals
It’s never too early for you to start discussing career goals with your kids. For Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day have your kids fill out a career worksheet to help them think about their future. Sure their dream job will change over the years—they may not want to be a ballerina or policeman when they’re older—but talking to them about what it takes to succeed in these jobs will be useful for them in the future.
3. Organize Their Lunch
Lunch at the office isn’t always healthy. When experiencing a work crunch, employees either skip lunch altogether or spend a few bucks at the vending machine. You can’t do that on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. The kids will need a well-balanced meal. You can pack them a lunch for the day, take them out for a meal, or serve food for all of the kids in the office. You can have a sandwich bar with a selection of deli meat, cheese, bread, and condiments.
4. Have Activities Planned
While your kids can learn a lot by watching you work, they can learn even more if they have hands-on experience. You and the other participating parents in the office can plan little activities for the kids in advance. For instance, having a brainstorming meeting, a budgeting activity, or a team building exercise for the kids can give these future employees a feel for the office environment.
5. Beyond One Day a Year
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a thoughtful holiday, but you can take it a step further. Now that they’ve got a feel for what it’s like to be an employee, now’s the time for them to explore entrepreneurship. For instance, you can teach your kids business and money management skills with a lemonade stand. Interested in learning more? Check out this Mindful article on lemonade stands for kids.