Today was “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” Day, but the office may have been as quiet and giggle-free as usual. It looks like we’re marking the 10th anniversary of the day by leaving the kids at home, which is where many of the parents would rather be.
“On the 20th anniversary of what used to be called Take Our Daughters to Work Day, the event seems less relevant and the workplace seems more stressful than ever before,” writes Quartz. Today, sons are included, but the workplace has changed dramatically. According to the article, stressed and overworked staffers are probably looking for a new job. Educators have come to think that the children’s time is better spent in the classroom. And the reputations of many companies and industries have been tarnished by scandals or financial shenanigans.
For other workplaces, kids just aren’t appropriate or would be so bored as to turn them away from a profession. And finally, you have industries and companies where many of the staffers don’t have children.
But if you do have children who are old enough to be thinking about what they’d like to do when they grow up, USA Today has suggestions for anytime of year that, most importantly, focus on STEM careers. For instance, send your kids to science summer camp or spend some time with them at the science museum.
Just recently, we reported on an interview that Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd had with Ebony magazine in which he stressed the importance of STEM careers for African Americans. This is a good way to instill the importance of these areas early.