Your children are probably wondering what in the world you do after you drop them off at school. Words like reports, conference calls, and quotas may sound like a foreign language to little ears. Which is why Take Your Child to Work Day is the perfect time to give your kids a peek at your mysterious secret identity outside of home. But if the idea of merging your roles as mom and coworker frightens you, there are things you can do on Take Your Child To Work Day that can make the day fun for both of you.
In addition to being a great way to spend a little more time with your kids, bringing them to work with you allows them to see that while you hate to leave them every day, the work that you do is important and valuable to others.
If you're planning to bring your kids into the office, check out these ideas of ways to help the day go a little smoother. Above all, it's important to have patience and expect that you might not get everything done that you accomplish on a normal day. But who knows? All of that cuteness in the office might be exactly what you need to help you close an important deal.
1. Commute Together
Give them the full work-day experience by letting them take the same train, bus, or bike route you do every morning.
2. Get Them Involved
Let your kids be your personal interns by giving them age-appropriate tasks that will help lighten your load. Making copies and stapling papers might seem like busy work to you, but your kids will love the opportunity to help out.
3. Sit In On A Meeting
Everyone dreads meetings but, if possible, let your child sit in on one. At the end, give them an explanation of what they heard, and allow them to ask questions.
4. Do Lunch
When it's time to take a break, bring the kids to your favorite lunch spot. If you don't usually go out, today is a good day to start.
5. Let Them Use The Computer
If your office will allow it, let your children spend some time in front of the computer. I'm not suggesting you let them play Minecraft (unless you are a video game designer), but introduce them to the ways technology helps you get your job done.
6. Introduce Them To Your Coworkers
They've heard all of the stories about Mike in Accounting and Betty, the Receptionist. Let them put faces to those names and meet the people you spend so much time with.
7. Talk About It
At the end of the day, talk to your kids about their experience at your office — the things they liked and didn't like. For older kids, this would be a great time to talk to them about the kinds of careers they are interested in.