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How to Make the Most of Take Your Child to Work Day

With planning and enthusiasm, you can have a day that will help your child learn about your job, think about their future, and have fun in the process.


  • Step 1: Get permission from your employer Get permission from your employer to bring your child to work if they don't have a policy. Explain that you will have planned activities to introduce your child to the business and to teach them about what you do.
  • Step 2: Work with your child's teacher Explain to your child's teacher that the child will be involved in educational activities with you at work. Plan to have your child make up missed assignments.
  • TIP: Involve kids between the ages of eight and 18. Younger children have a shorter attention span.
  • Step 3: Create a planning committee Find out if other people at work are interested in involving their kids, and create a planning committee for the day. Ask people from departments across the company.
  • Step 4: Plan short activities for the children Plan a number of short activities for the children that will introduce them to different departments and encourage them to ask questions and get involved.
  • TIP: Provide children with appropriate safety gear. Have a number of sizes on hand to fit kids of all ages.
  • Step 5: Incorporate technology in activities Incorporate technology into the activities. Show the kids how to access the company's web site, or how different types of machines work.
  • Step 6: Set up interviews for older children Set up an interview schedule for older children to talk one-on-one with coworkers. Have the kids learn a little bit about every department in your office.
  • TIP: Have a small party with snacks at the end of the day so that everyone can say goodbye before they head home.
  • Step 7: Talk with your child about what they learned Talk with your child when you get home about all of the things they learned. You may have inspired your child to follow in your career footsteps.
  • FACT: According to a 2006 survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 62 percent of married couples have both spouses employed outside the home.

You Will Need

  • Your employer's permission
  • A planning committee
  • Activities
  • Technology lessons
  • Scheduled interviews
  • Proper safety equipment (optional)
  • A party (optional)

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