Six Ways to Inspire Your Child on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day: April 23rd

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Six Ways to Inspire Your Child on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Created to empower and enrich our children while giving them an educational experience within our workplaces, it’s a yearly event that allows our kids to participate while shadowing us while we work. What better way than to instill an awesome work ethic in our youth by showing them first hand what it is we do?

You can go above and beyond just having your kids follow you while you perform your daily tasks at work. You can use this experience to help enlighten and get them excited about whatever career they will choose one day. I’ve written a list of six ways to inspire your child on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, that will make this an amazing opportunity for both you and your kids.

Show off your career

This is a perfect time to give your son or daughter a bird’s eye view of what it is that you do everyday while at work. Let them see firsthand why you love what you do. Share with them how you came to love your profession, and throughout the day, show off your passion. Get them excited about finding out what their passions are as well so they can begin to think about what it is they want to do when they grow up. When they see you working hard on your craft, they will more than likely be inspired to also develop a career passion of their own.

Give them a project

Create a special project that your kids can do while they are visiting you in the workplace. It should be something applicable to their age group and abilities. For instance, if they are between the ages of 6-10, they can help write lists of things you need (supplies, etc.). If they are a little older, they can file papers and other documents, and maybe even type things out for you. Perhaps your office needs some organizational help; that it something your kids can help you with inside of your workspace as well. Keep them busy, and get some extra help on small things that you may need done.

Introduce

Walk around your office and introduce your daughter and/or son to your coworkers and colleagues as your “assistant for the day”. This can help teach your child inner personal skills and how to communicate in a professional setting. They will also enjoy meeting the people that you work with, and perhaps, can help them too with their to-do lists or tasks.

Pay Day

Teach your child the importance of working hard by paying them a “salary” for them being your assistant for the day. Let them work “hard for the money”, then watch their faces when you present them with a check at the end of the day. The best way to teach them the importance of earning money is by letting them earn money while working for you.

Question and answer

During lunch or a less hectic time in the office, let your child conduct a question and answer session with you that will allow them to pick your brain about your career and what it is that you do for a living. This can help clarify any of their questions, and give them a true feel for your job while giving them a sense of importance. They get to run this part of the show.

Letter of recommendation

You can also furnish them a letter of recommendation that they can keep noting their accomplishments of the day. This is a document that they can keep and treasure and refer back to as they grow older. This letter of recommendation can put them on the track for success, and be a constant reminder that hard work pays off.

Participating in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a wonderful way to educate our children while giving them a peek at what it is we do for a living. It could be the spark your child needs to begin cultivating their visions for their own careers when they grow up.

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GOP spokeswoman resigns after criticizing the First Daughters

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If you’re looking for advice on how to raise teenagers properly, Elizabeth Lauten would be an interesting choice. She certainly seemed forthcoming this past holiday weekend when she bashed Sasha and Malia Obama on Facebook.

If you want advice on how to properly apologize for a mistake, Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), may not be your best choice.

Lauten was incensed at the teenagers’ dress and perceived lack of decorum during the completely ridiculous annual turkey pardoning ceremony:

So Lauten did what few in a high-profile communications position do—she decided to tell her Facebook followers:

Dear Sasha and Malia, I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re a part of the First Family, try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play. Then again your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter, so I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department. Nevertheless, stretch yourself. Rise to the occasion. Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar. And certainly don’t make faces during televised public events.

I don’t think I need to point out everything that’s wrong with a communications director for a congressman sharing these thoughts on her non-private Facebook account.

Public criticism quickly turned away from the Obama teenagers and laser-focused on Lauten, who told NBC News she would be resigning Monday.

If I’ve learned anything about collective Internet outrage, it’s that it comes fast and full of vitriol.

Lauten made her Facebook page private and posted the following apology:

I wanted to take a moment and apologize for a post I made on Facebook earlier today judging Sasha and Malia Obama at the annual White House turkey pardoning ceremony:

When I first posted on Facebook I reacted to an article and I quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager. After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents, and re-reading my words online I can see more clearly just how hurtful my words were. Please know, those judgmental feelings truly have no place in my heart. Furthermore, I’d like to apologize to all of those who I have hurt and offended with my words, and I pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have) from this experience.

Many took to social media to say that Lauten had “failed miserably” in her attempt at an apology. It falls short, they said, of actually showing empathy.

According to Forbes contributor Elisa Doucette, Lauten’s apology “is what people who have been caught say. It carries this hard-to-shake implication that you are not REALLY sorry you did it, you are instead sorry that people are outraged by it.”

Doucette gives the following advice when apologizing for a social media faux pas:

Treat the people you are apologizing to as if they are actual people, not pixels on a page. Say I’m sorry directly to them, acknowledge it was poor behavior, and promise to be better next time.

What do you think, Ragan readers: Did Lauten’s apology fall short? Is the Internet outrage warranted?

[RELATED: Learn how Emory University Hospital took control of crisis messaging in a free whitepaper.]

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