Today was the day many children got the chance to miss a day of school and come see what their parents do the entire day. The hospital encourages bringing the children to work and actually has scheduled events for the kids .
Unfortunately this day was never around when my children were young. My granddaughter is too young to participate. I do always enjoy when the kids come into the office. We have great participation and this year was no exception. It is always fun to see the kids, how they have grown and meet the new children there for the first time. The kids in our office actually help out doing copying, stapling and interacting with the patients. I think many of the patients enjoy spending time with the kids and you can tell there is a connection. I enjoy talking to the children about their interests and even answering questions about what I do in the office.
The hospital program consists of a tour of the facility and they even have a craft session or mini workshop. Part of the day for most school districts have a written assignment for the day so this helps give the kids a topic for the paper.
I imagine some people see this day as an intrusion on their work day but our office actually enjoys the day. Sometimes seeing the kids energy level and excitement in participation is refreshing. It also is fun to see the kids reaction as they watch the parents work. The other benefit is the kids get to interact with a new set of kids outside their usual environment. One of the best conversations was watching 2 boys discovering they both had a common interests: Batman and Lego’s. They compared Lego collections as well as favorite Batman stories. One of the boys met the original Batman, Adam West and the other young man was so enthralled at hearing the entire meeting.
This day is not just “a day off school” at our office. The kids learn not only what adults do at work but also learn to interact with a new set of peers. In the past some lasting friendships have been formed. I am certainly glad to participate in this important day and certainly look forward to next year.