It’s take your kids to work day!
Even though it’s an exciting day, no matter what you try to plan and do for your children, you can’t always think of everything.
Here are a few tips to help you survive the day with your child:
1. Make it memorable
This doesn’t mean you have to turn your office environment into a middle school dance party or a visit to Disneyworld, but you do want to make sure your child gets something out of the experience. Having your son or daughter sit next to you in your cubicle while you work on a computer and they play video games is not much different than what they could do at home.
2. Plan, plan, plan
Many companies will do the planning for you, scheduling a series of events throughout the day to keep the children busy and engaged.
If no one is doing the planning for you, do it yourself. Schedule some meaningful events for the day.
3. Don’t lose track of them
This sounds obvious, but it’s easy to see how it can happen. A parent gets busy with a project or a long conference call, gets distracted and then within minutes their son or daughter is wandering the hallways. Not a problem if you’ve explained to your children what’s expected of them and where they need to be at all times.
4. Don‘t have your kids do your job
If you thought this was your chance to get out of coming up with ideas for the big management meeting, or entering the data for the end of quarter reports, think again!
5. Snack time
Putting in a day’s work entitles any child some kind of treat when it’s all over. As you enjoy a snack together, ask your child what they liked about the day and what they didn’t, and what they learned by going to work with you. Their answers will not only help you figure out how to make next year’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” even better. They might even help you realize what you love about your job and what you don’t.
Also, if you plan on going to lunch with your child away from the office, Olive Garden is offering a free kids menu item with every adult purchase.
This year more than 37 million children and parents are expected to participate in the annual tradition.
The free kid’s meal coupon is available on the Olive Garden website, there’s also a link of the restaurants Facebook page.
It’s valid for both lunch and dinner.