As you’re planning out your calendar for 2018, a good appointment to make and keep is Thursday, April 26; it’s the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (TODASTW).
In this issue, we’ll talk about the importance of this day, and what it means to many daughters and sons every year.
How many families take part in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day?
This will mark the 25th year of TODASTW Day. According to organizers, over 3.5 million workplaces in the U.S. take part in recognizing TODASTW Day, and more than 39 million employees usually take part.
The White House has even gotten in on the act, and has done so for 11 consecutive years, with many children of White House employees taking the Oath of Office, just as the President and his staff do.
What should I do to make sure the event is a success for my children and me?
About 3-6 months before the event on April 26, ask your employer if your office will be participating in TODASTW Day. Be sure to ask who is organizing the event for your office and what types of activities are planned.
- Ask your daughter or son if they’d like to attend;
- Contact their school to let officials know that your child will not be attending school that day;
- Take a look at the agenda your office organizer has put together, and even go over it with your children;
- Find out what career path your child is interested in (try not to take it personally if your child doesn’t want to follow in your footsteps; instead, after you’ve found their interests, see if a co-worker has a similar career that matches your child’s interests);
- Tell your child what’s expected of them in terms of behavior for that day at the office…be specific about where you want them to be and what’s expected of them;
- Introduce your child to your co-workers, and tell your child what each person does;
- Even if it turns out to be a busy day at the office, don’t ignore your children; and
- Keep things light-hearted, even if you’re having a bad day so that your children associate work with fun.
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