With summer break approaching it’s time to start thinking about ways to keep your child busy. It seems the older kids get the more they look forward to being out of school for summer, yet they get bored within two weeks! With age comes the need for more toys, clothes, bigger and more expensive items so why not help your preteen or teenager get a summer job. I find that kids between the ages of nine and fifteen can find plenty of summer jobs to keep them busy. I know what you are thinking. You’re thinking that there is no way someone will hire your little one to work for them plus you really don’t want to spend the whole summer taking them to and from a job. There’s more to summer jobs then what you think. It’s amazing at how many opportunities there are right in your own neighborhood!
For the past few months a group of nine year old boys have been riding their bikes around my neighborhood, with them they have a cooler full of frozen Kool-Aid cups. What a great and simple idea! To a grown up this may seem a little far fetch I mean really whose going to buy frozen Kool-Aid from some kids? Let me tell you these little boys are selling these cups of frozen Kool-Aid for a dollar and they are making a fortune! Simple and exciting for the kids is what I’m talking about when I tell you to find a summer job for your child. Not only are they making their own money but they are learning to be responsible. Let me give you a few more other ideas to get your child going on their summer job.
Dog Walking: Do you know how many dogs there are around your neighborhood. Most people don’t have time to walk them while others really don’t want to walk them. Animals need exercise and you’d be surprised at how many people would pay to have someone else walk their dog.
Dog or car Wash: This one is up to the kids but both are great ideas. Most kids would have better luck washing cars but I’m sure they would really enjoying trying to give a dog a bath also.
Mowing yards: Come on this is a given! There are very few people who like to mow grass. Most of the time people use their only days off of work to mow their grass. What person wouldn’t love to pay a few dollars to have someone else cut their grass? Watering plants can be thrown in on this equation too. There are quite a few people that don’t have the time or energy to water their plants. It never hurts to ask.
Yard Sale: Let’s face it, our kids really have too many toys and clothes that just don’t fit or they don’t use any longer. What a perfect way to clean up clutter and make a few extra dollars! Get everyone together and have a family yard sale but remember your kid’s money is theirs to keep.
Of course there is always babysitting. Everyone rushes to find a babysitter when school lets out. Most of the time parents are so busy we completely forget that when summer approaches that our younger kids aren’t in school any longer and they need someone to watch them. Babysitting for neighbors is a great way to make money and be responsible. Another babysitting job that many parents overlook is babysitting for younger siblings. Yes I know they are family and you shouldn’t have to pay your child to watch his or her brothers and sisters but think about how you felt as a child. Who wants to waste their summer break watching over their brothers and sisters? Turn it into a job and you’ll lose all the complaining.
These are only a few summer job ideas to get you started but really take time to get your child involved in a summer job, it’ll help them and you enjoy summer. Remember when looking for a summer job for your child to not only think about whether the job is too hard for them but look at the age and maturity of your child. There are some things I wouldn’t allow my nine year old to do even though I see others doing it but only because he just isn’t mature on some levels. So take a look at your child, discuss what they would like to do and go from there. Enjoy your summer knowing that your child is safe, having fun, helping others, and making a little extra money.