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#MPOWR Our Daughters and Sons
By: Cindy Wendland
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April 23 is National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. The same-name foundation started this day in 1993 and has the support of President Obama, who urges expansion of the program to private businesses. The foundation’s goal is to “help create tomorrow’s world by re-imaging today’s through the eyes of our children.”

When we think of taking our daughters and sons to work, we may think of what we can show them. The foundation is also urging us to see what our sons and daughters can show us. Has anyone ever asked you, “Why do you do that?” Sometimes children see simpler solutions and sometimes direct, pointed questions help us to see new solutions. 

Another focus of this day is to celebrate children as our future leaders. We can get them excited about new careers and ideas at a young age and start planting seeds. Some children have a deep passion for a career at a young age, and we can help nurture that. Others need to be exposed to the wide variety of possibilities.

The theme for 2015 is Knowledge + Choice = Strength. The more knowledge we give children, the better equipped they are. They more choices we give them, the better able they are to find their passions. Putting knowledge and choice together gives them strength in their life’s direction. Think about your own career pursuits. Mine began in accounting, following in my sister’s footsteps, until I realized I didn’t like it. Looking back, researching solutions to viruses at the CDC would have been a dream job had I known that opportunity existed. What can we show our daughters and sons when we take them to work that might light a spark for their future?

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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