Please Take My Children To Work Day

Please Take My Children to Work Day is a holiday that started off in a tongue-in-cheek way but has since become a full-fledged holiday that encourages people to take their children to work so that their spouses or significant others can have a break for a day.

It’s a holiday on which the working parent shows their appreciation to the parent who’s always taking care of the kids. In our book, that makes it a very important holiday for many people to observe. So, everyone who has an opportunity to take up some of the significant partner’s child-rearing load can do so by observing this holiday on the 25th of June every year.

The History of Please Take My Children to Work Day

This holiday was created by Jen Singer of MommaSaid.Net in 2003. This parenting blog encouraged friends and family members to take care of the children for a day, so the stay-at-home parent can finally get some time to rest.

It doesn’t matter if it’s the other parent, a close family member, or an aunt or uncle; it only matters that someone steps in to take the load off the parent who is at home with the children all the time.

Some Ways That Companies Can Be More Family-Friendly

For many people, it is quite difficult to work either inside or outside the home and still ensure that their children are cared for properly. That’s why we think it’s important for companies to help out where they can.

Below are some things companies can do to ensure their workers can balance home and work life adequately. If they did, then maybe we wouldn’t need holidays such as this one anymore.

  • Establish six months of paid parental leave.
  • Guarantee that women aren’t discriminated against.
  • Support access to quality, affordable childcare.
  • Grant flexible working time arrangements.
  • Promote family-friendly policies.

Observing Please Take My Children to Work Day

If you’re in a position to ease a friend or family member’s troubles for this day, you can do so by watching their children for a little while.

If you’re the one who needs a break from the children, you can ask a family member you trust to babysit the kids for a little while. However, everyone can spread the word about this holiday by using the hashtag #PleaseTakeMyChildrenToWorkDay on their social media accounts.

When is it?
This year (2024)
June 25 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
June 25 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
June 25 Sunday
Relationships & Family, Work & Occupation