Lead, follow, or get out of the way
In the spirit of being a good example to, at least one of, my kids, I got the idea to take Ethel to work with me
Work is a hard concept for kids to grasp. Heck, it's difficult for some of the 20-somethings and 30-somethings. Still, I want my kids to see what their parents are doing when we can't be together. I don't want "Mommy and Daddy's work" to be some black hole, a vague location where Mommy and Daddy are lost for 10 hours a day. Yesterday was the perfect opportunity, with several people already off for the holiday, Ethel being nearly seven, and the workload being a little slower, allowing me to show her around, and give her an idea of what I do at the office.
She had a great time, which I think is pretty evident from her smile. She did well, too, keeping herself busy learning how to scan and print from a coworker of mine, seeing how I send faxes, and watching me receive e-mails for hours on end. There was some tracing, cutting and coloring, along with playing with all the fun toys from Mommy's desk, of course. And let's not forget the unending fun a few stress balls can provide.
I don't see myself as a leader in many aspects of my life, but I do try to be a good role model to my kids. Don't laugh, those who know me. :) Giving my daughter a glimpse of Mommy at work can hopefully give her some idea of what it means when "Mommy goes to work".