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Thursday, April 22, 2004 11:51 AM
Take Them Back to School
Kevin Salwen on Business

This is one event I'll candidly admit I've never understood: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, brought to us by the Ms. Foundation. These kids are missing school to watch their parents do what exactly? For so many of us, our work consists of writing at computers, meeting to discuss upcoming projects, crunching numbers. You want to get your kid thrilled about being anywhere but work, this is the way to do it.

I realize that this began as a way to launch girls' expectations that they can be professionals and achieve just like men can. A laudable goal, of course. But what's this new trend of bringing sons to work now? To see that they can earn just like women, at 75% of what they're worth?

Oh, and while I'm grousing: It's great to see that in addition to the big companies like AT&T and Merrill Lynch sponsoring this program, the candy makers now have figured out how to tie in. Laffy Taffy anyone?


Brent P. Newhall - 4/22/2004 3:18:44 PM
Also, there's a big benefit to others in the office. As a single guy who'd like to have kids someday, and who enjoys being around kids, it's refreshing to me to see them wandering around, getting excited about a purchase at the candy machine, and just generally wide-eyed about this grown-up world they've entered.

It can be an eye-widening experience for me, too.
Avi Solomon - 4/22/2004 12:10:10 PM
But if you DO work in an interesting enviroment, it could do wonders for enlarging the child's experience-horizon.
For example, I'll never forget sitting in on my Dad's Economics lectures as a 3 year old, observing my mom's medical clinic at the Oberoi Sheraton or visiting the Dead Sea Works with my uncle:)
I learnt so much and interacted with interesting people whom otherwise I would never have met AND have memories that last a lifetime.It's all in a day's work, if the work matters!


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