Every child should benefit

By Jessica Strand - Stranded Thoughts

Today is National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

While this is a great idea -- show kids how to be a responsible worker -- who is benefiting from this day? Probably not the low-income children.

The parents who work at fast food restaurants, factories or as delivery drivers, just to name a few -- the ones who live paycheck to paycheck -- their children are less likely to benefit from this day.

You can't bring your children to your job at McDonald's.

Schools try to combat this issue by promoting family members or friends who are can to step into the role for the day. But there are still many children at school while several of their class mates are benefiting from the day.

I'm one of the Highline students who is also a parent. I attend college full time and do food deliveries in my spare time. My children aren't benefiting from today, and I'm probably not the only Highline parent who has to deal with this.

There are probably several more Highline students who have witnessed their parents struggle to keep a roof over their head, and not too many years back might have been one of those students going to class while their classmates benefited.

My parents were fortunate while I was growing up. They worked in a job where they could bring my brother and I to work with them.

By the time this national day started in 1993, my parents had already been bringing us to work with them for years.

They didn't bring us to show us how to be responsible employees, but because they couldn't afford child care.

They worked in radio.

When I talk about my childhood, people are usually surprised to learn that most people in radio don't get paid a lot. It's like any other job, there are the top dogs who make the big bucks, then there is everyone else who just scrapes by.

I watched television sets in lunchrooms. I drew or read books to occupy myself while I waited to go home.

I slept in sleeping bags on the floors of rooms with mics and sound boards where spots are recorded, and sometimes the floors of conference rooms.

It was a good day when they didn't have to bring us to work.

I have to admit, experiencing a workplace environment probably did help me understand the responsibilities of adulthood. I can definitely see the benefit of this this day, but more should probably be done to insure that every student can benefit.

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