Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Parenting Pointers: Taking Kids to Work

This Thursday, April 26th is Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day. According to Alise McGregor, not only is it great to take your child with you to work for a day, but there are also benefits as a result of what the child sees when they go to work with the parent.  

Work days take up a lot of an adult's time. Not only is it interesting to share what a parent does all day with their child, but it is also important for career exploration and inspiration. So often children say they want to grow up and be a firefighter, policeman/woman, or a mommy/daddy and it is a great opportunity to show them what different types of careers are out there. 

Children, by nature, can be very egocentric and not think of what their parent does outside of dropping them off at school.  Opening up their day to their child can teach them why its important for their parent to sleep at night, if their job is really busy, or the importance of their position. 

It is also important on the employer side of things. Just like the work day is a big percentage of the day of a parent, so is being a parent and employer/co-workers, etc can see the "other side" of the employee--the family side.  Which is very important for them too.

Alise McGregor is the founder of Little Newtons (www.littlenewtons.com), an exceptional child care center focusing on early childhood education with four locations in Minnesota and one in Illinois. She is the author of an upcoming book, Creating Brilliance. Also a nurse, she has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology with a cardiac rehabilitation emphasis.

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