Have you ever taken your kids to work?

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
June 19, 2009 11:30am CST
My hubby is doing that today. He has office stuff to do. He asked her if she wanted to come. She jumped at the opportunity. Now she is 6. So she is bringing books, crayons and the like to keep herself occupied.If you had the opportunity, would you want to show your kids what you do? I work from home. My daughter has seen what I do. She would rathr I just spend time with her.
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19 responses
• United States
10 Jul 09
I would love to have my daughter come to work with me. It would take a little pressure off my wife during the day. That would be nice. However, I do not think it would often work out to have my daughter here. Perhaps on a day without patients.
@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
27 Jun 09
Depending on the type of job a person is doing I see nothing wrong with bringing a child to work with you if they are able to not get in the way. Not sure if I would have ever wanted to do it for the whole day, but for a couple of hrs. it can be intertaining for a lot of them for sure. I have seen many parents over the yrs. bring their kids with them to work for a bit. It helps give them a chance to see what Mom or Dad does to earn $$, and to help give them a chance to just experience something new.
@gemini_rose (16194)
27 Jun 09
I was a single parent for some time, I also used to work as a care assistant and I would work 12 hour shifts. At christmas time, when I had to work I could not usually get anyone to care for him and so they used to let him come with me. It was not much fun for him but it was good for me and it was a way for him to see what I did when I was at work for so long.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
27 Jun 09
I have done this a couple of times before. One place let me because they needed me and I had no sitter. The other place had kids day and they had activities for them to do and spend time with their parent while they were working.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
21 Jun 09
Oh yes, my son spent the night in my office when I had to pull all nighters. He found my job to be rather boring. I guess sitting by a computer and being a programmer can look boring to a kid. I used to love doing that.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
21 Jun 09
My sister hates when I work on the computer when she is here. She says that I need to play games and do stuff with her. I can't tell you how many times I have had to quit what I was doing to play Miss Mary Mac,bubble gum bubble gum,Miss Sue and many more..and to go swimming. She won't swim alone..(the men scared her talking about snakes, since they killed one recently close to the house. So now she sticks o me like glue)I haven't ever taken her to a real job but would if I could. I think she would enjoy it and soak up some knowledge what being at work is about.
• India
20 Jun 09
No, I have never taken my child to work. He has come to my office many times with his dad, on days when we are supposed to go somewhere in the evening and I'd go straight from office, he and his dad would come over. So he has seen where I sit and what I do, but he hasnt spent time at my office. Going to a parent's office can be real fun...I remeber the times I went to visit mom at her office. It was just wonderful meeting all her colleagues, they asking me all sorts of questions (I used to feel so important) and then her office had this superb canteen and I remember going there with her for lunch. The office also had a cooperative store where people could buy the goodies at subsidized rates...I loved visiting that store and buying offbeat things.
@lkumarldh (142)
• India
20 Jun 09
Sorry i cant discuss it coz i m bachelor and have no child.......
• Germany
20 Jun 09
I used every chance to include my 4 children in my working life such as open-door-days of my clients and giving them little jobs and chances in my own recycling company. It is very interesting what each of them picked out of it: The eldest boy, meanwhile 22 years old, enjoyed driving fork lift truck at the age of 10 already. The second daughter liked to play on my waste paper mountains at the age of 6 and communicated with all the workers and employees. And the third (twins) loved to be my company when truck driving. At school all my kids showed a better understanding of practical life and technology than many of their colleagues and they could choose their career at school, college and university based on realistic insights about their future career ideas.
@klw5000 (214)
• United States
20 Jun 09
Yes, I have taken my to every job that I have worked. About 2 years ago, my son, who is now 14, called me at work and asked if he could come stay the night with me. I told him there was nowhere for him to stay. His response was you can get me a mat and pillow and I can stay in the holding cell down the hall. I work in a jail!! Hopefully he has outgrown wanting to stay in a holding cell!! I do work at a different jail now than where I was at, but my kids do come visit me, since my daughter drives now. My co-workers love it because they can send her to pick up food. But I feel like it's nice to be able to take them, especially when they were younger. If they would get sick, instead of me taking the day off I could take them with me.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
20 Jun 09
I've never taken my kids to work as I am a stay at home mom. However, my husband has brought all of us along with him on a few occasions in the past. But only during the weekend as we're not allowed to be there during normal working hours. I have brought one of my nephew's to work with me once. This was some years ago when he was still a kid. Boy, did I make him work hard! But he gave up rather quickly, so I only paid him for an hour of work. LOL
@geniustiger (1699)
• Philippines
20 Jun 09
Yes I had taken my kids to work.No one will watch her and take care of her. Not often times it only occured when the need arises. We cant avoid in our family that the caretaker of it has something to attend to and it is vital. So I just sacrifice it for the sake of my kids. As they can see me , they also learned from it when they know how to observe things in life.
@nraisor (59)
• United States
20 Jun 09
I use to take my kids to work everyday. I use to work in a second-hand children's shop and my boss loved it when I brought my kids in. And my kids use to love it too. They got all kinds of new toys to play with for the day. They got to watch different movies, plus they got fast food for lunch. Plus my older two would "help" me do stuff around the store which made them feel special and important that they were helping mommy do her job. All in all I think it was a really good experience for them.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
19 Jun 09
Hi, ersmommy1! Yes, my kids have been to work with me most of the times.. They have seen what I do. And my husband has taken our son with him to work many times. He does general contracting work. So, my son has been at a work site with him when he was working on a service call. I just work at home and all of my kids have been with me.. There was also one time that I worked at a Day Care Center, and my son came with me to work for a couple of weeks. He was in the classroom that I was teaching in.. So, he got to be a student just as his classmates were..
@katsmeow1213 (29044)
• United States
19 Jun 09
We visit my husband at work from time to time. The kids don't know exactly what their dad does, but they are familiar with the store he works in. They tend to run around the store a lot, or usually there's a movie on and they'll become glued to that.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
19 Jun 09
My son used to go to work with me sometimes. He would always go when I had manager meetings and sit there with his portable DVD player while we were in the meetings. He really liked going with.
• Philippines
19 Jun 09
Yes I do. I am a freelance writer and when I get invites to attend media launches or press events where kids are allowed, I usually bring my 10-year-old son along. For the past year, he got to write his own reviews of some of the events we attended and had it published in a kiddie newspaper supplement that comes with one of our local newspapers every Saturday. Now, when I don't bring him along and he sees photos of an event in my camera, he will demand, "Why didn't you tell me you were going?!" LOL
@animestan (323)
• Canada
19 Jun 09
In Canada, there is Take You Kids to work day.
• Philippines
19 Jun 09
I had once. I went to work with my daughter since I don't have someone to take care of her at home since my husband needs to go to work too. My caretaker needs to go to another job for her to be able to meet the fund she needs for enrollment at school. Since, the only person that could take a kid on her job is me, so I decided to take her with me. She just sat down beside me while I'm working and she enjoyed coloring the color books. :) No sweat at all. I planned to bring her again soon.