Taking your kids to work can actually be fun and rewarding.
May 1, 2017
Last week, I watched a video of Oprah, my new BFF in my head, as she tried to help a little boy figure out who she was. I chuckled as she shuffled back and forth blocking his view. She wanted to make sure that his dad couldn't give him the answer. She even tried serving him up a few clues. Finally, she revealed herself hoping that he'd figure it out, but the poor kid had no idea who he was talking to. My children have known the media mogul since they were practically babies, but after our one-on-one, she's now Auntie O, so I'm sure they'd never make that mistake.
The little boy was at OWN for "Take Your Kids to Work Day" and the exchange was adorable, but if he was mine, I would have punished him for embarrassing the family. He'll look back on the video, years from now and probably be pissed at his dad for not giving him a pep talk the night before. If nothing else, he should have told him who owned the building. Just in case she walked through the door... LOL.
I've been taking my kids to work since they were born. For no particular reason other than to show them off. They are absolutely adorable, and everyone loves them. They're good girls, so I only have to give them the "act right" speech one or twice throughout the day. The fights between them are limited to who gets to press the button on the elevator. Thank goodness we have two at HBO. When they come in they have a great time hanging with my co-workers and running through the halls. However, as they get older and become more mature, they've become appreciative of the opportunities presented to them.
When I heard that HBO was having a comprehensive program for the day, I was more excited than the kids. It was a robust schedule, with speakers, a screening and a Rise Against Hunger activity. Although they were thrilled about every part of the day, what they looked forward to most was playing a part in feeding kids their age, who go hungry on a regular basis. As they watched the introductory video, Marley says "Mom, look they send food to Haiti too." I don't think they realized the magnitude of what they were doing until the very end, when the announcement was made that they packaged enough meals to feed 60,000 children all over the world. Ever my politician, Marley walked up to the Rise Against Hunger representative and asked for his card because she wanted to bring the idea to her student council.
It was such a crazy day. Balancing work and wanting to share the experience with my girls was exhausting, but I wouldn't have changed it for anything. They both walked out of the building, heads held high with a sense of pride at what they had accomplished. When we got home they told dad all about their day then turned to me and said "so Mom, what are they doing next year because we can't wait!"
Tell them and they forget. Teach them and they remember. Involve them and they will learn.