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In case you didn’t know, the official name of “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” is “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day.” It was founded as “Take Our Daughters To Work Day” in 1992, was expanded to include boys in 2003, and is celebrated annually on the 4th Thursday of April. More than just a day, it’s also a non-profit educational program. Check out the “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day” website to find out more.
Medium story short – last year my sister took her 8-year-old daughter to work with her and it really opened up both of their eyes in very good ways. My sister is a social worker at a skilled nursing facility (what used to be called a nursing home) and while my niece had visited before, she had never spent a whole day with her seeing what my sister actually does.
A couple weeks later, we were all hanging out and I asked my niece about the experience. She said she loved it and she had no idea her mom helped people like that. To my amazement and delight, she then went on to explain how she really got the “cycle of life” now: when you’re a baby, you need someone to take care of you, and when you get old, you need someone to take care of you again. The old people she met that day used to take care of their kids, and now it’s time for their kids to take care of them. Someday, she said, it would be her turn to take care of her own mom, and then when she got old, she hoped her own kids would take care of her.
The most important thing she learned was that people need to care of each other. She also found it interesting that all those people used to be young and wondered what they did and where they came from. Not only that, she wondered what THEIR parents did and where they came from, and then their parents, and theirs, and theirs, etc.
She started asking about our own family’s history and my sister and I told her all that we knew, which wasn’t much. My niece was disappointed. My sister then asked whatever happened when I tried to trace our family’s roots a couple years ago, and I had to admit I dropped the ball on that one and forgot about it.
Knowing that my niece was excited about this issue, my sister then offered to pick up the ball that I had dropped. I told her that I had began using Ancestry.com and I remember it not costing that much and to look for a discount if she was going to sign up, because that’s what I did.
End of medium story short, that’s what my sister did. She found out some really fascinating stuff about our family, and discovered some skeletons in the closet, too. So, I guess the point of all this is to take your kids to work with you – it will lead to good things happening.
Oh, and this all reminded me of an episode of The Office. Please, if you sing your daughter or son a song this “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” please sing better than Michael and Dwight do.