|Gabby and Sunday at a client's office|
Thinking of bringing your kids to the office, too? Here are some tips:
1. Pray for good weather and safety. Sometimes, rain spoils kids’ enthusiasm.
2. Inform them beforehand that where you are going is an o-f-f-i-c-e. They have to behave properly and be polite especially when you introduce them to people.
3. Bring the essentials: drinks, snacks and candies for survival on a short term basis; toys, coloring books and crayons, pencils and papers for entertainment; and towels, caps or umbrella, hand sanitizers and wet wipes for protection.
4. Thank them after that visit. It pays to instill gratitude at an early age. Thank them for the energy, effort and good behavior.
5. Reward them after a day’s work. I let my kids know that accompanying me on my clients’ visits is like helping me collect payments or talk with clients. After those visits, we would head to the nearest mall for a snack or stroll before going home. It’s my way of rewarding them for a job well done.
after accompanying me to a meeting.
Bringing my children to work has some long lasting benefits. It strengthens our relationship, opens their mind at very young ages on work manners and environments, and teaches them some values like delayed gratification (e.g. ice cream comes after the meeting!), patience and hard work.
It doesn’t matter if I spend some on them after client’s visits. Just seeing them happy being with me is enough consolation. :)