Corporations’ new message: Leave your daughters at home!

I never quite understood the point of Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. If I was a daughter or son, the last thing I’d want to do is spend time at either of my parents’ jobs. I saw enough of my parents, thank you, I didn’t need to see them during their working hours, too, thank you.

But the taking your kids to work thing certainly grew in popularity over the years. So what if you can’t get any work done with a bunch of kids hanging around all day? So what if you can’t swear at your clients once you hang up the phone? You’re teaching your kids an important lesson.

What, exactly, is that lesson? Who knows? Maybe it’s that work isn’t any fun. ‘Course, kids already know that lesson. It’s called school.

This year, though, it seems as if the big event is being scaled down a bit. At least that’s how this story in the Chicago Tribune presents it.

Turns out the sour economic times are causing a growing number of companies to skimp on the field trips, goodie bags and special events for the wee ones. Instead, companies are providing kids with a tour of all the empty cubicles in mom and dad’s office.

This is Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2009. It’s grim enough that I wouldn’t be surprised to see our nation’s children petition for a Leave me at Home Already Day in 2010.