For three years, my 19-year-old College Daughter has worked for my company as a Studio Tech. Lauren’s the genius behind our studio setup, teleprompter, camera, and audio. She also assembles workbooks and advises me on all things Millennial and Gen Y.
Both of my kids get to travel with me for speaking engagements a few times a year – last year Lauren joined me in New York twice. My son experienced Las Vegas with me last summer, and both kids joined me for a conference in the Dallas area a few months ago.
Last week the kids and my husband joined me in Carpinteria, California, for filming, and my daughter spent a day on set with me. When we walked into the studio, my client, LinkedIn Learning, had a sunny welcome for Lauren on the whiteboard. That little detail made us both smile.
While I was in makeup, my Producer, Jake, took Lauren to breakfast.
On the set, Jake (on the right) got Lauren involved by having her introduce takes by snapping the clapper.
The whole day was fun, and I walked away with four takeaways.
1. Business trips are more enjoyable when you bring the family along.
Starting when my kids were babies, I’ve always felt a little sorrowful when leaving town for business. While my work requires I jump on a plane a few times each month, I still feel a pang of guilt every time I drive down highway 169 to the airport. But when I can take one of my kids, husband, or the whole family with me, my trips suddenly become adventurous. These days I take my kids on many of my summer trips and my travel melancholy has turned into exciting mini vacations.
Whenever you can swing it, take your partner or kids along on business trips. They’ll appreciate the excursions, and you’ll leave the guilt behind.
2. Talk to your client/employer about your goals for “Take Your Daughter to Work” Day.
I usually tell my client that I’m bringing my family with me on trips because I like to have my daughter attend seminars to see what I do. When I give my clients a heads-up on family plans, I’m not expected to attend company dinners and sometimes I’m surprised with kind welcomes, like the whiteboard sign at LinkedIn Learning.
3. Engage your child, and they’ll get more out of the day.
When I spoke at a conference event in Dallas years ago, I had my daughter pass out handouts and collect door prize tickets. On my LinkedIn Learning trip, my producer got Lauren involved. If you don’t get your kids engaged, a full workday can turn into teenage eyes lasered on LCD screens.
4. Your kids are impressed with what you do 40 hours a week.
My kids have always been involved in the behind the scenes parts of Myra Golden Seminars – rehearsals, workbook creation, filming our eLearning, hushing during my conference calls and webinars, and my prep for trips. But what they don’t get to see often is me facilitating training, lunch with clients, or experiencing the beautiful cities I’m blessed to work in.
When I took my son with me to Las Vegas last summer, I remember his eyes big as eggs when we walked the Strip and took in a couple of shows. He was dazzled with all I get to experience during a typical workday away from Tulsa. My daughter’s reaction to my filming in California made my soul sing. Often our kids are impressed with what we consider typical hustle and grind.
After filming, we hit the bluffs, beach, and pier, spending a full week in the Santa Barbara area!
There’s an official Take Your Daughter to Work Day each year in April, and it now includes our sons, nieces, and nephews. But you don’t have to wait for the annual party. Take your child to work with you on a business trip, a fun company event, or when you want to pull them away from screens for a day in the summer. Do a little pre-planning, get them involved, and feel good knowing you’ve given your child an experience that could play a role in shaping their future.