No, I do not have a child that I took to work. I did, however, organize the Take Our Kids to Work Day program yesterday at my office. I've been doing it for the past few years at my various employers as it typically tends to fall into the area I work in. I don't mind it, at all, but every year, I finish the day feeling SO. DAMN. OLD.
For those who are not in Ontario, it's an event run across the province where any grade 9 student has the opportunity to go to work for the day with their mother/father/aunt/uncle/family friend etc. It's to give them a glimpse into the working world, help them start thinking about career opportunities and to understand the importance of staying in school. Most employers put together a whole day of fun activities. It's actually a really great initiative our government has.
When I was in grade 9 I went with a family friend to our local hospital. It was such a neat experience and I can still vividly remember the day. I wasn't able to go with my dad as he worked for Corrections Canada and my mom was self employed!
It's crazy to be on the flip side now and run the actual program when it feels like I was just a tiny grade 9 kid (read: loser) participating in the program. Time FLIES. After spending the day with a whole bunch of grade 9s (13-14 year olds) yesterday, I realized a few things:
1. Grade 9s don't talk. I swear, they are mute.
2. Why do I pretend to be cool and fit in with them? I remember my mom doing that with my friends and I and it just made her seem more lame. I AM THAT PERSON NOW. Literally, today I was talking to the kids about what their favourite bands and was trying to be all hip. They weren't having it.
3. They write SO SLOW. I will give them a mini "assignment" or survey to complete that's 5 questions and seriously, some of them took 30 minutes to do it. 30 minutes! The amount of things I do in 30 minutes at work compared to that..hot damn!!! I even asked them to speed up and write in point form and they responded with "I need to write in full sentences." BHAHA!
4. They cannot put down their phones. Every 2 minutes they will check it.
5. They think the world ends at 2pm when they normally get out of school. If I could leave work at 2pm everyday with 2 breaks, an hour lunch and not start until 8:30am I'd be a really happy camper.
Did you have any kids in your office yesterday? Does the US have a similar program in their school systems?