When I was 10 years old, I had been living in New Mexico for less than a year and I found out there was a day called Take Your Daughter to Work Day. Naturally, I wanted to see what the fuss was about. My elementary school made it seem like it was a holiday, or a big deal. In reality, many kids saw it as a day off school.
You’re probably wondering, “Didn’t they have this at your old school?” The simple answer to this, is no.
So, I went home and asked my mom if I could go to work with her. She hesitated and said that I couldn’t go with her to her work. I’m pretty sure the reasoning for this is because she was still fairly new at her job, and she wasn’t sure how her boss would react.
I then asked my dad, who used to be an engineer with the government. In fact, he used to work at the local Air Force Base, and I always thought he had a pretty cool job. He used to help investigate military airplane crashes, and sometimes he would travel to some really awesome places for work.
My First Time At Work With My Dad
My dad was shocked that I asked to tag along with him. He thought about it, said he would talk to his boss the next day and let me know. Sure enough, my dad came home the next day and said I could go to his work.
I still remember walking around my dad’s office, which had so many cubicles. My memory isn’t what it used to be, so my memory always thinks his office looked like the one in the movie, “Office Space.” My dad’s cubicle had stacks of paper, and you could hear cursing from many of his coworkers. He would ask them to watch their language, they’d see me and immediately apologize. My dad was so proud to take me on a tour of his office, and then he took me for a drive around the base before we called it a day early in the afternoon. I’m sure this was a tactical move as he most likely had a lot of work to get done.
This was the only time I participated in Take Your Daughter to Work Day. It was nice having a day off school, and I was able to get a glimpse at what my dad did all day. But did it make me want to become an engineer when I grew up? Well, I think it’s safe to say that it did not.
Thursday is Take Your Daughter to Work Day. In more recent years, it has also come to be known as Take Your Child to Work Day, to be more inclusive.
This day allows children to tag along with their parents and see how they bring home the bacon. Maybe the kids want to do what their parents do for work, or maybe it inspires them to do something else. But hopefully they are inspired to be a hard worker just like their parents.
Any Day Is Take Your Daughter To Work Day Here!
For the team members from Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling who work in the office, any day can be Take Your Child to Work Day. Many of our team members bring their sons and daughters to the office, if necessary. This allows them to still get their work done, they can spend their time with their kids, and the kids can see what their parents do every day.
If your kid asks you if they go to work with you, provided that your boss gives the okay and it’s a safe place for your kid to be, bring them with you! Let them see how hard you work every day to be able to provide for your family. Talk about another great way to be an inspiration to your kids!