Justin Trudeau

Should celebrities be promoting the idea of taking their children to work?

Recently, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought his 3-year-old son to his office in the Canadian Parliament and the world swooned over the adorable duo. While some people were completely smitten with the charm of the Prime Minister and his son, others pointed out the exclusive privileges of popular personalities.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the 4th Thursday of each April. As the name suggests, parents take their children to their workplace to expose them to prospective careers and the functioning of professional settings. Earlier, it was known as Take Our Daughters to Work Day and was first organized by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The idea emerged during the third wave of feminism in the early 1990s and the aim was to encourage women to explore a wide array of career options.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day can be a great educational experience for children to learn the importance of life skills, work ethic and diligence by visiting their parents’ workplaces.

While it is completely justified for celebrities like Justin Trudeau or Ivanka Trump to bring their children to work on national days or important functions, bringing children to work at your own will is a prerogative of the famous.

After Hadrien Trudeau’s visit to his father’s workplace, the Prime Minister’s office said that Trudeau’s children often come to visit him during his working hours.

BBC reported, “Prime Minister of Canada and internet darling Justin Trudeau has shown the rest of the world’s leaders how to do publicity once again – by bringing his three-year-old to the office.” Whether publicity or not, it sure is something only the A-list personalities can get away with doing.

While children should be allowed to visit their parents’ workplaces on certain events, there must exist a boundary between professional and personal life. The children of famous parents should not be used as a photo op. These kids should be allowed to live their lives on their own terms, without constantly being targeted for their decisions.

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Ateeya Sandhu

Ateeya Sandhu is studying International Relations at the University of Toronto. She is an avid reader who is extremely passionate about feminism, equality rights and social problems in India. An altruist...

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