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Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day

April 24, 2014 - Jodelle Greiner
Today was Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day.

When I first heard of Take Our Daughters To Work Day as it was known back in the early 1990s, I was puzzled. I didn’t get the fact that some kids don’t know what their parents do because I’ve known since I was four what my dad did for a living.

All I had to do was walk outside on the yard and I could watch him baling, grinding feed for the livestock, driving a tractor or fixing something to make it last longer.

Over the years, I’ve realized that some parents work in offices where kids aren’t welcome or it’s not convenient or safe for them to be there.

I think it’s good for kids to realize what their parents do for a number of reasons. One: they’ll learn — hopefully — where the money comes from that keeps a roof over their heads, food on the table and all the toys they constantly want, and appreciate it more. Two: it might inspire them to think about what work they will want to do when they grow up. That’s one of the reasons Take Our Daughters To Work Day was conceived.

It used to be thought that only boys could follow in their dad’s footsteps and take over the family business, whatever the family business might be. But more and more girls have stepped into roles that weren’t considered even a couple generations ago. Some girls have grown up to take over the family farm and some boys have decided to forge their own path and follow their own interests, even if those interests aren’t traditional for men.

The bottom line is our kids have to get a handle on what talents and skills they have so they can figure out what job they can go into or create, and can contribute to society the best way they can. And exploring careers is a good way to do that.


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