We have always taught our kids to be thankful for each and every person who makes our day a little brighter.
And those people include family and friends, neighbors and teachers, but it also includes our newspaper deliverer, and the grocery cashier. Our dry cleaner and mail carrier and the folks who take away our recyclables and trash.
We could be pretty cranky if we had to cut the grass at our favorite playground, so we are thankful for the people who manage the grounds.
We’d be miserable if we had to cut Brady’s fur, but thanks to our groomer, we don’t have to.
When our garage door breaks? Thankfully, we have someone to call. If we need help adding a new light fixture? The electrician can come lend a hand.
All of these people help to make our day brighter.
All of these people are part of our workforce and deserve to be celebrated.
And it’s really something that needs to be explicitly taught–or modeled–to our children. Three easy ways, friends.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Teach Kids Workforce Appreciation–Celebrating Those Who Make Our Day Brighter:
Here are three easy ways that parents can help instill an appreciation for all those in the workforce:
1. Model gratitude and thanks for those in the workforce.
This is super simple: say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to those people who help you at checkout lines, who support you on the phone, who greet you as you walk into stores, and who perform service-related tasks.
So often I see people forgetting this simple act of kindness, acting as if the work that these folks do is not as important as it is.
Hopefully, we can change that by modeling gratitude.
2. Teach children about all jobs so that they know how hard others work.
When we know better, we do better, right? Take time to really teach kids about all different types of jobs so that they learn how valued each and every job really is.
This, too, is easier than you think.
Check out the “1 in one hundred million” site–it’s a site devoted to sharing the personal stories of people who do the many important and too-often unrecognized jobs upon which we all rely. Here, ordinary people in the workforce share their story.
I love it.
Created by Kronos, each month “1 in one hundred million” site releases a new video profiling a person’s story. They’ve covered a firefighter, a trauma nurse, a produce manager at grocery store, a union electrician, a hotel front desk agent, a restaurant server, a teacher, and a baseball bat maker, who was a former MLB pitcher.
I love that this series profiles just one of the one hundred million, often under-appreciated, people in the workforce. Hopefully this series will help everyone to better appreciate those people who often make our day brighter.
Find out more about this cool campaign here: 1in100million.com | #1in100MM | #WorkforceStories
3. Take some local, behind-the-scenes field trips.
I know this option isn’t always an option depending on where you live, but this is one of my kids’ fondest memories of growing up: take local field trips.
For years I wrote about how we took ‘behind the scenes’ tours of our local pizza place, fire station, flower shop, and recycling center. We visited so many places with our moms’ group that I truly believe it helped show my kids how important our community members really were.
Often, all you need to do is give the business a quick call beforehand, and the people there are more than excited to show a family around. Try it.
How do you help to show your kids that everyone in the workforce deserves to be appreciated? I’d love to hear it!
fyi: This post was written as part of a partnership with Find Your Influence, and as always, ideas and opinions are all my own, influenced only by my experience as a parent and educator. Find out more at 1 in one hundred million. Subscribe so you don’t miss any of their videos!