Please Take My Children To Work Day
Who knew there is an official, “Please Take My Children To Work Day” in New Zealand – AND it’s TODAY, 24th June 2019!!
Created in 2003 by Jen Singer of MommaSaid.net – a parenting blog, “Please Take My Children To Work Day”, began as a tongue-in-cheek holiday for overworked and tired stay-at-home mothers to take a day off from their routines.
It was an opportunity for husbands and partners to shine by taking their offspring to work with them for one day a year. Nowadays, however, this day applies to any parent who would like to take a well-deserved break from their parental duties - The “holiday” encourages friends and family to take care of the children so the stay-at-home parent can have some time to relax and rejuvenate.
If only there had been something like that when my children were little……………I would have gleefully thrown each of my three children at my husband and raced back to bed for a lone sleep Fest. As I dropped off to peaceful oblivion, I know I would have been thinking, “What!! Only one day a year, why not once a month – once a week even!!!
I remember going to work with my Dad, untold years ago. He had several logging trucks which required maintenance at the weekends – if you behaved yourself during the week, Saturday or Sunday, you got to climb into the logging truck with Dad and head off to the workshop with a thermos of Milo, a couple of sandwiches, a treat and a chance to wash our hands with Swarfega, just like Dad.
It was a great opportunity for father/daughter bonding, to run free while he worked on the trucks. Where Mum had a thousand jobs lined up for you at home and a penchant for seeing through walls when you were up to no good, Dad would leave us to our own devices. He didn’t mind when you stood on the bank and threw stones into the river, he didn’t bat and eyelid when you climbed the big trees near his workshop and he didn’t notice if you didn’t check in every hour. It was bliss!
While this brilliant concept hasn’t gained the same traction in NZ as it has in the USA, most of us who currently have or who have had children at home would welcome a “Please Take My Children To Work Day” in our lives.
Those of us who are parents are well aware that being a stay-at-home parent can be one of most rewarding as well as an exhausting experience for parents. We also know the one thing most parents need is support – this “Please Take My Children To Work Day” is a great opportunity to either ask for help in taking a break from kids for a day or for grandparents, friends and family members to offer time out to stay at home parents.
Result: grateful parents, relaxed parents, rejuvenated parents, happy parents, happy kids = happy household!!!