Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My Extra Help…and Expenses!

One thing that my kids enjoyed last summer is tagging along whenever I go to clients to get payments, deliver files or just to meet and discuss projects.

Gabby and Sunday at a client's office
My kids really love going to offices and seeing adults at work. Maybe because when they were younger, I would always bring them along on company parties and outings. Now that I work at home, they have to come with me to experience those office visits again.

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.

Gabby and Sunday enjoying a stroll outside a mall
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. :)


Reena said...

i hope that someday i will have your patience. shucks, will i ever have kids in the first place? ha.hahahah....napapag-aralan ba yung patience with kids? :)

looks like you have full hands. pero mukha naman mababait at masunurin kids mo. hehe.

Reena said...

wait parang mali nagamit ko na idiom. haha...i think your hands are full pala. hahaha

take care! i received youe email na pala and was able to reply narin. let me know nlng when you can't understand me. :)

Jarlin said...

This is great; it helps to build basic etiquette from the childhood.

Cecile said...

thanks for sharing these tips, Beth, will surely keep them in mind because they are useful in teaching my son gratitude, politeness and their importance when in public.

Jacris said...

Your kids are so behave ang cute nila habang naka upo sa sofa,thank you for sharing this great tips Beth.
Have a lovely Tuesday=)

Chris said...

you really have well behaved kids!

Tetcha said...

You're lucky your kids are at the age that will listen when their mom talks. I'm still not there yet because my son has just turned three. When he reaches your kids' age, I hope he also behaves well when I bring him to the office or to my friends' homes/offices.

Enchie said...

Tagging our children along will help them to become aware on what's keeping Mom and Dad busy. It serves as a good example for the kids.

chubskulit said...

Hello there Beth! We got back since Sunday but wasn't able to visit blogs till now. They got sick (diarrhea) except me. We actually brought our son to the hospital today because he is fevered (still is till now.).

I would like to thank you all for the wonderful and encouraging words you said and left at my blogs. For the sympathy and prayers, and for those who shared their blessings to the family! May God bless you all for your compassionate hearts!

ryliej said...

Love the pics, buti naman at matitrain mo na sila in going to a meeting in such a young age.

john said...

They seem to enjoy the work area, I am sure they will be god workers someday!

eden said...

ang cute ng mga kids mo beth.

that is certainly one way where kids learn a lot taking them to works. it could be fun too for both parent and the kid./

Hazel said...

That's a good practice, Beth. I liked the feeling everytime my father took me to his office and the offices of his friends. Hay... 19forgotten na yon but I still remember the feeling and that I enjoyed those office trips.

Raft3r said...

my mom's a doctor
pagpupunta yan sa lab
kasama ako
tapos non kakain kami sa jollibee
panalo ang memories na yon
panigurado ganyan din ang feeling ng mga bagets mo ngayon
great job, beth!

Tita Beng said...

Naalala ko tuloy yung days when my kids were as small as yours... I also love bringing them along anywhere. I still can't believe how time flies so fast!
You'll just be surprised with your kids one day, grown ups and all. Mabilis talaga yun Beth, kaya enjoy their company now. Pag laki nila, seldom na sila mag-join sa lakad mo.

darly said...

wow, i admire your patience.. 2 kids in tow during client meetings? that's a toughie..

but looking at your kids mukha namang mga good children and like little angels eh.

love the name Sunday by the way.

God bless

Babette said...

Hi Beth, thanks for dropping by. I'm here in the Philippines for 5 weeks. I'm staying in Pasig City, we still have my childhood home here. My parents are also visiting from California and we are expecting my sis and her kids to arrive next week.

Clarissa said...

They will learn something after tagging along your kids with you at work--malalaman nila na mahirap palang magtrabaho ang parents nila.Good job,Mommy Beth!!^_^

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

hi sis, naalala ko pa nung bata ako ...natutuwa din ako kapag sinasama ako ng parents ko sa office nila tapos after nun eh...chibog L.O.L!
mukhang talagang enjoy ang mga kids mo sis!

Daddy said...

Well done. I just hope that Ryan has the same amount of patience to sit through a 5 minutes meeting...haha

nuts said...

thats really a great bonding moment. ang bait naman nila, napaka-behave.

Twinkie said...

Ang sarap naman Beth! I'm loving Sunday's outfit ha! Hehe!

Lucrecio Emerito said...

may dalawang bisor ka pala.

Yami said...

Medyo magastos lang 'noh but tagging kids along is worth it, bonding time din kasi.

pehpot said...

tag along talaga ng fave word ng mga kids..

Hya naku Beth it took a while before I learned that GIMP thingy..akala mo expert na no, all I knew pa lang naman is creating a transparent layer haha.. not that much pa on editing haha

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