I vividly remember the first time I heard about Take Our Daughters To Work Day. My mom was driving us to middle school one morning, and the radio announcer talked about it. I thought, “Hold the phone — that’s an actual thing?! Check me out of class today because I want to be ANYWHERE but in middle school!“
My mom didn’t bite. She’d never heard of it and wasn’t about to check me out of school! Now 26 years since this day was founded to give children a glimpse into the workplace, it’s caught on nationwide.
This national day was originally started in 1993 just for daughters by the Ms. Foundation of Women, but has since expanded to include sons as well. According to the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work website, this day:
“encourages girls and boys across the country to dream without gender limitations and to think imaginatively about their family, work and community lives. This national, public education program connects what children learn at school with the actual working world. Children learn that a family-friendly work environment is an employer and family issue and not just a woman’s issue. Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work helps girls and boys across the nation discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life.”
My daughter is an absolute “Daddy’s Girl” in every sense of the word, and she counts it as a treat to go to work with Daddy. She enjoyed her time at my husband’s office and talks often about how she wants to work there when she grows up.
The last time she went, she wanted to dress up in fake glasses and a zip-up vest (to match my husband’s), along with her “future coders” t-shirt!
My husband let her play on his work phone, dry erase board, and computer, and she got all kinds of “oohs” and “ahhhs” from his co-workers.
I love to see her interest already in building things, technology, computers, and communication at such a young age. Getting exposure to an office setting first-hand not only increased her knowledge and choices for the future, but proved to be a fun bonding experience with my husband.
How About You?
Have you ever taken your children to work with you? Or did you go with one of your parents to their workplace back in the day? Tell me about it in the comments below! And be sure to check out these ideas to make this the best Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day yet!