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Inspire 2 Aspire on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Take Our Daughters to Work Day was created in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation. The purpose was to help girls realize the importance of their abilities so that they can reach their full potential.

In 2003, the observation was officially changed to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, to be inclusive of all kids. Now, kids have the opportunity to experience the workforce one day each year, helping them to envision what tomorrow has to offer them.

On April 25,2024, be a part of this nationwide event and empower your daughters and sons for a bright and fulfilling future. This year’s theme is “Inspire 2 Aspire.”

A day at work with your kids

On Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, get your child off to a good start by having them dress accordingly and arrive on time. (Yes, even if you work from home!) Avoid having your child just observe. Prepare in advance and have some work and tasks set aside to keep your child busy throughout the day.

Also, try some of the following ideas:

  • Have your kid keep a journal throughout the day and describe different aspects of the occupation they like and dislike and why.
  • Ask your daughter or son to compose questions about the occupation and interview coworkers, in person or on Zoom. Questions might include the pros and cons of the job, why coworkers chose this occupation and what their day entails. If your child is shy or opposed to the idea, don’t force it. You want your kid to leave with positive feelings about the day.
  • Describe to your child hypothetical situations or problems that might arise in your job. Then ask your child for ideas and solutions.
  • Give your son or daughter a camera, a Polaroid, if possible, to take photos throughout the day. Then have your child compile a Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day scrapbook. They can include descriptions of each photo and what was learned or discovered.
  • Visit yourfreecareertest.com, where kids can do a free online survey to discover what careers fit their personalities and interests. Young teens can go to kids.usa.gov/teens/jobs/ for career information that’s designed for them.
  • Help your child create a career folder and design forms to track school classes, grades, career interests and experiences, honors and awards and other relevant information for preparing for secondary education or joining the workforce.

Prepare in advance and have some work and tasks set aside to keep your child busy throughout the day.

Alternatives to taking kids to work

If you’re unable to take your child to work, consider volunteer work for the day. Offer to assist a teacher, help with a political campaign, or pitch in on another community service project in which your child can join you.

Give your child alternative opportunities related to their interest in a particular occupation. If you know someone in the field, ask if your child can go to work with them. Or ask a nearby company what it’s planning for the day and how your child can participate.

Not all kids will have the opportunity to participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Talk with family and friends and mention you’d like to volunteer to take a child to work who otherwise won’t have the opportunity.

Taking kids to work isn’t the only way parents can participate in the observance.

Make the most of the day for all kids by doing any of the following.

  • Promote Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day by writing a letter to the editor to create awareness.
  • Form a committee in your community or at work to promote the day and plan events to make it a success.
  • Create fliers to remind parents of the upcoming day, and post them on community bulletin boards in libraries, grocery stores, and banks. Also, ask companies to post them in their break rooms or on employee bulletin boards.
  • Ask your employer to support the event, and discuss ways the company can help make the day a success. Assist in planning special activities for girls throughout the day, such as speakers, group discussions, or luncheon.
  • Organize a speaking engagement in your community on the topic of Taking Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Use the event to explain the importance and significance of the day, suggest ways people can participate in the day, and what they can do when they take their kids to work.