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Take Your Child to Work Day: 5 Ways to Participate If You Work from Home

TYKTWDWhat is this “Take Your Child to Work Day” celebration? Is this a thing? It’s a foreign concept to me because I’m Canadian. We apparently had ours in November, but I didn’t know that until way after the fact.

So, because I’m not a stickler for conformity or nationality (blasphemous, I know), I’m going to go ahead and take part in this neat little holiday today with you, my Americano friends.

What, might you ask, would a mom with a toddler benefit from by participating in said “holiday”? From what I’ve read, the age group of kids who get in on the action is from 8 to 16 years old. What could a younger child possibly learn by going to work (er, staying home to work in this case), with his or her parent? I didn’t have to think long on it. All sorts of variables, scenarios, and scenes immediately flashed through my mind.

Above all else, this would be a pretty sweet bonding opportunity for me (and you, you there with the toddlers and who work from home — you can do this!). I think the greatest benefit we WAHMs have in fostering this day of exploration for our little ones is we don’t have to check in with anyone. Of course, this depends on who you work for, if you are your own boss, and/or if you make up your own daily schedule, breaks, etc.

Regardless of these variables, here are 5 ways WAHMs can participate in “Take Your Child to Work Day”:

1.) Plan the Day
Don’t schedule any important meetings or big deadlines. That’s because however good your intentions might be, let’s be real: A toddler is involved. There’s no need to go all out. Instead, make it a half-day — because, again, a toddler is involved. You’re probably going to have to get some work done. Check out some of the ideas I have below, and schedule them when you have time to spare. Be sure to bring along what they need to ease into a new environment comfortably, and pick a fun and yummy place to have a lunch meeting of sorts with your child. In my case, I’ll be dropping my guy back off at daycare after our little luncheon.

2.) Go on a Field Trip!
If almost all of your work happens inside of your home, you may want to take your tot to a similar place of business. In my case, a quick email to the local newspaper and we’re in like flynn for an hour or so for a tour! Also, think about your type of work and get them involved. For example, because my personal blog focuses on DIY projects and recipes, my toddler and I could cook, craft, take photos, and conduct research together! We could talk about ingredients, and I could give my guy the task of typing terms/ingredients in the Google search bar and reading together.

3.) Schedule a Skype Meeting with Colleagues
Contact a co-worker or two (bonus if they are good with kids) to arrange a Google Hangout or a Skype meeting. Let them in on some of the activities you have planned for the day so you can talk about it, ask each other questions, etc. In meeting some of my colleagues this way, my toddler will have a better understanding of what it is I do all day. At this point, I’m pretty sure he thinks I play with his daddy (he works from home, too!), “go on my ‘puter, do da waundry, make stuff, draw (with pencils and markers he’s DYING to get his hands on), and cook nummy food.” All of which is partially or fully true (depending on the time of day … ).

4.) Invite the Neighborhood Kids over
Orchestrate a play date of sorts with your little one’s friends, and prep a task or activity for them. I’m thinking of having them make “business” logos using the initials in their names. We’ll start with a brainstorming session, then move on to sketching out their designs (wherein they get to use my fancy pencils … I know, I’m crazy), and finish with some Crayola marker action.

5.) Expose Them to Something New
Throughout this exercise, we work-at-home moms are setting the tone and showing our kids how we feel about our jobs. We’re exposing our children to new environments and learning experiences. I’m thinking it might be fun to let Wyndham take a few pictures throughout the course of the morning, and guide him through uploading them to my blog dashboard to publish his own pictorial blog post about his day. He may even have a few words to say, in which case we’ll type them together.

I don’t think young children need to know all of the fine details of our careers in order to learn valuable lessons from spending a day with us while we work. However premeditated the activities are for them and less-than-productive it is for us work-wise, we are spending glorious, focused time with them. Above all, that’s what I think makes a successful “Take Your Child to Work Day.”

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Selena is a crafty, culinary mom. Regular writer here and on Disney Baby. Part-time mischief maker, all the time geek. Proud of her Anishinaabe roots.

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