Welcome to the Parent/Mentor’s Toolkit! This section was designed to provide you with resources to organize a successful event or gain the most out of your participation. You will find planning tips to assist you in preparing yourself and daughter, son, or relative for the event; a checklist of things you may want to do leading up to the Day; an Excused Absence Sample, for communication with your daughter’s, son’s, or relative’s school; sample days to provide you with ideas to implement the program if you are a stay-at-home parent or have your own business.
Focus on Work Family Integration
Most people/families experience the “catch-22” of work and family life: when we’re home cooking dinner, we’re worried about what we didn’t get done at work. On the job, we worry about spending enough time with our families. This is the reality for most working adults today, and the worries are even greater for families working multiple, low-wage jobs just to make ends meet. Yet, girls and boys want and envision a future in which they are able to be involved in all parts of their lives.
In fact, 81% of girls and almost 60% of boys said they wil reduce their work hours when they have children (Ask the Children: Youth and Employment study conducted by Families and Work Institute. We are already starting to see this shift in thinking about work and family in GenXers.
In a national survey, 82% of men ages 21-39 rated “having a work schedule which allows me to spend time with my family”, as “very important” (Life’s Work; Radcliffe Public Policy Center/Harris Interactive 2000). Similarly, nearly 80% of men and women ages 24-34 said that time with family was more important than earning a higher salary (according to a recent Harris poll).
Yet our (Roper ASW) research found society believes it’s generally more acceptable for men to choose work over family. And hold women more responsible for taking care of the family. Most Americans believe it is generally more acceptable for men to choose putting in overtime at the office (56%), even if it means being away from the family. Most Americans believe it is more acceptable for women to choose to give up a career to stay home and care for family (73%).
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work is an opportunity to broaden the conversation about family and work and make children’s voices heard. The program encourages girls and boys to share their ideas about the workplace of the future with the companies that will someday employ them. Once again, we believe that children’s voices wil spark change in the workplace and for A New Generation at Work.