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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘boys’
Posted: April 15th, 2013

traveling EckertsThursday, April 25 marks the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day. In 1993, Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women started the idea as Take Our Daughters to Work Day. It included boys in 2003, according to Wikipedia.  I included boys long before that. I never felt it was fair that I would get my daughter out of school for a day but not my boys.

I also took other people’s kids to work. At the time, I worked at an ad agency and taught classes at Mercyhurst College — now Mercyhurst University. My kids weren’t playing — they learned how to fill in information on Excel, help with research at the ad agency and then go out for a “Mad Men” lunch — well as “Mad Men” as you can get with kids under the age of 14.

At Mercyhurst, they got a peek at college life. They loved it, and so did my students.

Here’s a link to the official site. Here’s a 2012 article from Forbe’s with dos and don’ts for the day. Here’s a link to the foundation page.

Not everyone can do this, but if you can get your kids into your workplace even for a few hours, plan now. Give them something to do so they aren’t just watching you work. They can participate. Plus, you’ll share some memories — a nice thing when your kids are as old as my three in the picture, from left — my son, the doctor; my daughter, the CPA: and my baby, a college junior.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three. 

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Posted: February 3rd, 2013

49ersIt’s Super Bowl Sunday, and I grew up loving football with my dad Walt Strosser, a legendary high school football coach. My hubby is an assistant football coach and all five boys in this blended family played the game.

My oldest has been a San Francisco 49er fan since he was a tot. We’ve been to San Diego — but not San Francsco, and today our hearts are close to San Francisco — hoping for a win over the Baltimore Ravens.

My son has had a 49ers baseball cap every year that I can remember. They aren’t easy to find around here. He started as a fan in the glory years of Jerry Rice and Steve Young.  He lives in Virginia, and I know his girlfriend has already taken care of the hat for this year.

One of my daughter’s friends loves the team too. It’s kind of in the family — except for my youngest’s love of Green Bay Packers — but even he is rooting for San Francisco today.

I don’t know much about the players for either team in today’s game. But I do know the coaches are brothers. That in itself is an interesting story.

Tony Bennett, will hopefully sing “I left my heart in San Francisco” at some point during today’s festivities. If not, watch the video of a 1960s version here. And here’s his 1982 version on Johnny Carson. It’s associated more with the San Francisco Giants than the Niners, but who doesn’t love Tony Bennett? He first sang the song in 1961.

Good luck to both teams, and Go Niners!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  Her oldest son has been a San Francisco 49er fan for more than 20 years. 

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Posted: April 19th, 2012

If you can take your kids to work, do it on April 26. What started as Take Our Daughters To Work in 1993, an idea from Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women, became genderless in 2003 to include boys, according to Wikipedia. The Ms. Foundation said the program was designed to specifically address girls’ self-esteem issues.

The best thing about this day is it lets your kids know what you do for a living. My kids, ages 10 and up, joined me in my office at a local ad agency. They filed, filled in spread sheets in Excel — yes they did, conducted research for me in media books and more. They were fabulous. When I was teaching marketing classes at Mercyhurst University, they also joined me. My students loved it.

Not everyone can do this, but if you can, plan now to give your kids something to do so they aren’t just watching you work. They can participate. And that will improve self esteem for all of them. Plus, you’ll share some memories.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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