Summer is only a few months away. With the longer and warmer days, middle school and high school students are faced with three months of nothing much to do. For older teenagers, the prospect of getting a job becomes a reality. However, child labor laws keep places like grocery stores and restaurants from hiring anyone below a certain age.
For those kids who are too young for a ‘real’ job and too old to be sitting in front of the TV all day, there are options out there for staying busy and making a little extra money. Encourage your young teenager to pursue a summer job that can be done at their age and their summer will be a busy and productive one.
Here are some ideas to get them (and you) started.
1.Babysitting – Have your responsible young teen start asking around now. Summer time doesn’t mean that most parents get to stop their jobs, but it does make child care an issue. Ask around and see if anyone is going to be looking for a regular babysitter during the summer months. A good babysitter is usually more affordable than daycare. Young teens will find that this job pays decent and happy parents will give references for future employment.
2.Dog walking/pet care services – For many people, pets are just like children. Unfortunately work schedules and summer vacations sometimes keep them from giving them the care they’d like to. Someone too young to bag groceries is not too young to take a dog on a daily walk or slip in to change cat litter and feed the animals while their owners are on vacation. In some cases, they may score a house sitting job to keep those animals company, which usually means a little more spending money for them.
3.Housecleaning/Lawn care – Have your son or daughter offer up their services as a part-time housekeeper for friends and family. They can pick a certain day of the week for a regular cleaning job, or offer to let people call them when they have a big project. Yard work is always a good option. Make sure that if any machinery is going to be used that your child knows how to use it and that there is a plan in case of an emergency.
4.Summer library aid – Many public libraries offer summer reading programs for elementary level students. These programs need older kids to help keep the younger ones in line, serve snacks, and read books out loud. If your son or daughter likes to read, have them check into this option for the coming season. If they ask around now, they might even be able to use their creative abilities with helping the regular library staff in planning.
5.Writing – If your son or daughter has a creative streak, why not get them started on Associated Content? Help them set up their account and make sure they get the profits from what they submit. Be helpful when editing, but let them pick their own topics. The world seen through the eyes of someone in their age bracket can be interesting. There’s a chance they have all sorts of topic ideas that the older generation hasn’t thought of.
Have your son or daughter be creative about finding a summer job. This is only a short list of what can be done. Depending on where you live and what skills your young teen might have, there’s bound to be something to keep them busy and make them some spending money. Make sure they choose things that are safe and the people they work with are trustworthy. They’ll find a sense of pride in earning a wage and the responsibility they’ll gain will stay with them in their later years of employment.