Working moms (and dads) sometimes suffer from guilt when they have to leave their children at daycare or with a nanny or babysitter because of work. I suffered from Working Mom guilt for years, so much so, that when I got the chance to blog and freelance full-time while in the comfort of my home office, I jumped at the chance. I honestly feel that while I experienced Working Mom Guilt at some time, it wasn’t warranted—to me and to anyone else. Making a living (and hopefully doing what you want to do in terms of having a career) is nothing to be ashamed of or feel guilty about. And thanks to the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Movement, there is a day that gives you permission to bring your little one to work.
Thursday, April 26, 2012 is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. It’s a day that encourages employees to bring their children to work so that they can learn what mom and dad does at work all day. Some offices really rally around this special day by having events in the office such as breakfasts that are catered with the young palate in mind to having movie time during lunch. The theme for this year’s event is Build Opportunity: 20 Years of Education, Empowerment, Experience and it celebrates 20 years of the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day movement.
The recommended ages for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is from 8 years old 18. In the past, I have participated in this day by bringing both my son and daughter to work. I think doing so can be a positive experience for your children, as they get to know more about you through what you do in your workplace.
There are many workplaces across the world that encourage employees to bring their children to work even on days that are not deemed special days. As employers get wise about promoting positive reinforcement to their employees, many companies are opting to allow their employees to not only bring their kids to work, but their pets as well.
What do you think about Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day? Will you be participating this year?