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Bring your Daughter to Work

- build your relationship with your child


Remember when you were a kid, did you even know what your dad did for a living? For
a job? Did you know what he was doing while you were at school? I don't remember
ever going to work with my dad or even having a conversation about what he did for a
living. Kids are really interested in what their parents do for a living. They really do want
to know what you do "at work". They know you are going to "work" but they don't
know what that really means.

By taking your daughter to work, you can show her what your day consists of. This is a
great way to build your relationship with her. Some careers just don't allow for this to
happen like working on an oil rig or something, but most jobs on some days can allow
for this to happen.

Once I took my daughter to work with me and I had an important meeting with some
other business associates. My daughter brought her note pad in and took notes; she
even had a few things to say in the meeting. Later that day, she remembered what
was said and she asked me several questions about what certain things meant and
why they were said. That was over a year ago and she still talks about the day that I
took her into one of my meetings.

Plan a day of things that you normally do and throw in a few things that will be just plain
fun for them to do, either with you or while you are taking a call. I set up a list of things
that I had to add up for a project of mine, I could have done it on the computer, but
instead I asked my seven year old to add all the things on this page for me. She loved it
and she didn't take too long to do it either. Then I got out this rendering of a building
and told her that we had to find a good color combination for it and asked her if she
could color it for me. She did a great job and took great care to see that she stayed in the
lines. The next thing we did was teach her to answer the phone. She loved working with
our receptionist and finding out what she did on the phone. She even put the headset
on to answer a few calls.

One of the great benefits you will get from bringing your kids to work is that they will start
to understand you more. They will understand when, sometimes, you have to say that
you will not be home tonight or for a few days. They feel that they know where you are
and what you are doing and that gives them comfort while you are gone. They will ask
you about work too. They will truly be interested in what you did at work.

When my kids go to school, I always tell them to "be nice to the other kids at school".
Just this morning my youngest daughter said to me, "have a good day at work daddy
and be nice to your workers daddy". It is great when they start to understand that you
have responsibilities and things that you have to do every day. It makes going to school
seem much easier for them and much more of a daily ritual that even daddy has to put
up with at work.

Knowing what "work" is and that it is waiting for them after "school" will definitely help
them to enjoy school more and possibly encourage them to do a better job with their
own school work and school work habits.


Lance Waite

Children's book author.

 

 

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