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On the fourth Thursday of each April, more than 37 million people in over 3.5 million US offices participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day – founded by Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1993.


The program was originally called ‘Take Our Daughters to Work Program’, created in response to research that found many girls lacked confidence and were dropping out of school by the eighth grade.  Ten years later the name was changed to ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work’ as boys are subject to many of the same problems.

Taking your kids to work provides a great opportunity to expose children to the workplace through a hands-on educational experience. However, there are things parents and workplaces need to be cautious of.

Top Do’s and Don’ts (via Forbes)

  1. Think about how your child will participate in the day ahead of time.
  2. Find out if your company or organization has any planned activities for the children that day.
  3. Look at the day from a child’s perspective.
  4. Introduce your kid to everyone.
  5. While you want to make it interesting, keep it realistic with problem solving and collaboration.
  6. Expose them to things other than your day-to-day job.
  7. Don’t place children in a potentially unsafe environment or lose track of them.
  8. Don’t ignore your kids, even if you’re especially busy.
  9. Don’t just have your child shadow you; make sure they’re engaged.

Planning ahead will help you and your companies tackle all of these issues and ensure a successful Take Our Kids To Work Day. TeamBonding offers many activities that are fun, engaging and educational.

4 Activities For The Kids That Rock

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#1 Paws For A Cause

Children of all ages can benefit from giving back to the community. Philanthropic programs give kids real responsibilities and allow each child to see their impact on something greater than themselves.

You, your team and your kids work together to build and donate much needed supplies for local animal shelters. Millions of animals end up in one of over 5,000 shelters nationwide each year. Many of these facilities need help with caring for our beloved family members before they are adopted.

What your kids will experience and learn about:

  • Time management
  • Collaborating with others
  • How to communicate with a team

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#2 Team Teddy Rescue Bear

Designed to be both competitive, and collaborative, kids must solve puzzles, decipher codes, and unlock secrets in order to acquire the resources that they need to build a series of custom teddy bears.

More than 11 million children are transported for emergency medical care each year. A Rescue Bear given by a police officer or firefighter can be a powerful way to help ease pain and worries, calming a child significantly at a potentially frightening time.

What your kids will experience and learn about:

  • Resource management
  • Creative problem solving
  • Big-picture thinking

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#3 In It To Win It

Everyone competes for a grand championship prize through ten simple but nerve-wracking games that increase in difficulty as the points increase. With 60 seconds on the clock, the pressure builds, and team pride is on the line!

Teams get a 30-minute training camp to practice challenges. This program can be customized to include games unique to your organization. This program makes a great repeat annual event for you and your kids to earn new bragging rights and new prizes each year.

What your kids will experience and learn about:

  • Healthy competition
  • How to develop positive relationships
  • Interacting with others
  • Resourcefulness and quick thinking

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#4 Chocolate Company Challenge

Kids take part in a series of deliciously choco-centric events, each building off the other. The emphasis can either be competitive (just for fun) or collaborative (big picture thinking).

What your kids will experience and learn about:

  • How to build camaraderie
  • Engineering skills
  • Innovative thinking
  • How to connect teamwork to success

What are your big plans for Take Our Kids To Work Day? Any tips you’ve learned from the past?

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