When is Bring Your Kids to Work Day?
Bring Your Kids to Work Day takes place every year, in the month of April! This exciting holiday is celebrated in both Canada and the USA. More specifically, Bring Your Kids to Work Day lies on the fourth Thursday of April, so mark your calendars for Thursday, April 28th, 2022! There are many benefits to taking your children to your workplace and it also gives you the opportunity to spend quality time with your children, one on one.
What is Bring Your Kids to Work Day?
Bring Your Kids to Work Day is a holiday dedicated to children, to encourage them to spend the day at the workplace of their parent, guardian, relative, or any adult in their lives.
This special day started off as an educational program concentrated on young girls. In 1993, Ms. Foundation launched this program to provide young girls with the opportunity to get a glimpse of the reality of a workplace. Eventually the program was also introduced to boys and is now a day where all children can learn about the world of work and what their parents do specifically.
For working parents, this day means that they get to spend extra time with their child, while also teaching them important business etiquette. The opportunity to bring your children to your place of work is something that working parents would definitely look forward to, as they can show their children what they do day-to-day at work, in depth. Bring Your Kids to Work Day gives children the opportunity to learn simple and important work skills and also begin to think about possible career options. By visiting a workplace, children are also able to enhance their problem solving skills, by simply observing.
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Office Scavenger Hunt 🔎
On Bring Your Kids to Work Day, prepare an office scavenger hunt for all of the kids to partake in! Choose an object of choice (marbles, crayons, stuffed animals, etc) and hide a bunch of them all throughout the office. Follow the kids around the office to see who collects the most, then reward all of the children with a special loot bag!
A simple and tasty activity to prepare is a special family lunch! Prepare a catered lunch for your employees and their families or provide ingredients for a simple meal that the kids can make. Allow time and space for everyone to have their lunch together with their kids and to meet others.
Yoga for Kids 🌟
Give the working parents in your team a break by organizing this kid-focused event. It will help keep kids active indoors during the day while the parents are working. Have an experienced employee or a kid-friendly yoga instructor to lead the class! For those who are unable to attend in person, set up a virtual yoga class for kids with fun music to get the kids excited and active!
Sweet Farm Tour 🐓
An exciting activity to prepare for your kids is the Sweet Farm tour! This simple yet entertaining activity will definitely keep the kids occupied! Sweet Farm is the first non-profit sanctuary in the world to address the global impacts of factory farming across animals, the plants, and the planet. They offer virtual farm tours for the whole family, which the kids are sure to enjoy!
Color Together 🖍
Use a coloring page generator and share it with the working parents at your company! Once everyone’s children are done with their art pieces, organize a group video call to have your employees and their kids show-off their coloring skills! This event can be done virtually, on Zoom or Teamflow!
Team Reflections 💭
Gather the working parents within your team and ask them to reflect on their overall work-life balance. Consider any complications and challenges they’re experiencing and offer various solutions to ease their stress. By being there for your employees, they will appreciate your efforts to improve their work experience. Make sure to meet with the working parents on your team on a regular basis, to ensure they aren’t feeling overwhelmed. This can be virtually on platforms like Zoom or Teamflow.
Celebrating the Working Parents on Your Team
As parents can often feel a lot of pressure and stress when trying to have a steady work-life balance, during this time it is extremely important to remember to celebrate the working parents within your team, and all of their effort! There are many different ways you can celebrate the hard-working parents within your team, for example:
- Spotlight the working parents and their little ones on your company social media pages. 👨👩👧👦
- Share photos from Bring Your Kids to Work Day activities! 📸
- Interview some of the kids on what they think their parents do at work and what they want to be when they grow up. 🎤
- Give the working parents within the company a shoutout during an all hands or even write a special message for them on Slack! 👏
- Share their hard-work, dedication and efforts on your company social media pages. 🙌
- Prepare a special gift basket for all working parents. 🎁
As working parents put immense effort and time into being present at work while also looking after their children, they deserve to feel appreciated and acknowledged for their dedication and hard work, and rewarding them with a special message or present is the perfect way to do so!
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