Tomorrow, parents across the country will celebrate National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day – or Take Your Kids to Work Day, as the occasion is more commonly known. More than an opportunity for young children to skip school or daycare for the day, it’s a chance for kids to learn important life lessons. In fact, they may learn something that school or daycare can’t teach them.
Taking your kids to work is all about inspiring the next generation of professionals. In the small business sector, that means cultivating new entrepreneurs, innovators, problem-solvers and self-starters. By watching you lead your small business, your sons and daughters learn how to be leaders themselves.
For many small business owners, taking your kids to work should seem natural. That’s because small business is often a family affair. Whether the business has passed from generation to generation or started more recently at the family dinner table, chances are good that your kids already know your business well. Still, it’s important to take every opportunity to show them the local ropes.
Consider your own first experience with small business: Perhaps you grew up running through the aisles of your parents’ hardware store or learning the family recipes that would someday inspire your own bakery. Those experiences no doubt shaped you into the successful business owner you are today, teaching you what hard work can accomplish and what impact local business has on a community. Like you, your kids won’t understand those lessons with one trip to work with you but Take Your Kids to Work Day is a good place to start.
Of course, inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs goes beyond family values. Local economies and communities rely on small businesses for jobs, revenue, tourism and more. After all, small and local businesses return more than three times the amount of revenue per dollar of sales to local economies, when compared with their big-box and national-chain counterparts. For local economies and their residents, inspiring the next generation of small business owners brings the promise of future prosperity.
Celebrate Take Your Kids to Work Day on April 26 by showing your children what it means to be a small business owner. Their experiences may teach them a valuable lesson about leadership, while the community can remain hopeful for its next generation. For more information about National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day or ideas for celebrating, visit www.daughtersandsonstowork.org.