Everybody on the East Coast is talking about how flippin’ cold it’s going to be this three day weekend. Freezing or not, what better time to start thinking about plans for this summer!
Taking on a job or volunteering position is an excellent way to teach responsibility and learn about what possible career topics they are considering; it gets your teenager thinking about their future…. Just at the time they are consider what courses they’ll be taking for next year. And doing it now — before the mad rush in June — is an excellent lesson in preparing and not procrastinating… not to mention that they’ll have many more choices available to them.
If your child is over 18, then they are an adult and can apply pretty much anywhere, as long as they meet the job description requirements.
If they are under 14, they are generally too young to be getting a “real” job with an actual employer.
But those three years in between get a little tricky. Every state has their own child labor laws. Some deal with dangerous situations, like knives. Some deal with food preparation or the presence of alcohol. Others regulate manual work, such as pounds required to lift.
Looking for ideas? Try:
- The mall- ones stop shopping for tons of options
- The YMCA- they have a lot of programming and camps
- The library- a great, safe environment
- Pools- if they’re a swimmer, there’s time to get a junior life guard certification
- Babysitting- there’s an online course offered by the Red Cross
If you can’t commit to putting your teenager on a set schedule because you want a flexible schedule, volunteering is also a great option…. And if your child is under working age, maybe it’s time to start planning your family vacation!
No matter what you decide, make it your #153Promise to set your child up for an awesome summer.
Goodness knows we need something to get us through the next few months!