Friday, August 26, 2011

Bring-Your-Kids-To-Work Day

You should really have one of those!
Bringing your kids to your place of work lets them know how interesting (or how boring) your job is.  It helps them see what keeps you away for hours.  It makes them understand a little about adulthood.  It lets them appreciate the concept of 'work' and 'responsibility'.  And --it allows them to bond with you like never before.

Sounds cool?  Before you jump on the next bus toting your laptop and your child, you have to plan the experience first.  Choose a day when you don't have a lot to do at the office.  That once-in-a-blue-moon stress-free day should be perfect.

When you find that, show them what you do.

And then let them try it out for themselves.

It will be pointless to take them there and then tell them, 'Don't touch anything.', 'Be quiet.', 'Stop running around.', 'Just sit in a corner.'  You do have to watch them closely, but take it easy and let them explore your world for once.

Make sure your work mates are absolutely ok with your kids asking questions and 'pushing buttons', too.  They'll be curious as hell and you (and your friendlier colleagues) should be open to help them learn.

Reality check, Bring-Your-Kids-To-Work Day should be a little straining.  You may have to chase your kids around a bit.  Your patience may even dwindle for a second or two or more.
But at the end of the day, when your children tell you that all they want when they grow up is to be like YOU ... it'll be far more rewarding than any other day at the office.  I can tell you that.


  1. Oh wow. You look like you've got a super cool job because that looks like a recording studio! Can I have your job for one day? Hehe. I'm an online work at home mom so my kids see me at work every single day. That drives me nuts! :D

  2. Lol! I'm a freelance writer, too, so I do a lot of working from home as well. I am so with you on that driving you nuts. At least we have more time with our kids, right? :P