In case you didn't get a calendar alert, this is the week parents and others in charge of children are encouraged to take them to work. Yes, Thursday is the day we're asked to bring the youth of America into the world they'll likely be experiencing all too soon.

It's an annual reminder that far too few young ones know little, if anything, about what the breadwinners are doing to earn that bread. So think about responding to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day by doing visiting the website and reviewing the many resources to be found there.

But wait — didn't this used to be called Take Our Children to Work? Are there competing week-long events? Do you have to do this twice to be up for Parent of the Year?

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.