If you have a teen who isn’t quite old enough for a traditional job, then you may have to help encourage them to think outside the box and brainstorm. There are all sorts of ways your teen can earn money this summer. First take an inventory of their talents, skills, and interests. Do they prefer pets over children then pet sitting might be a good fit. Is your teen more active and fit then lawn care or dog walking might foot the bill.
Babysitting is one great way to earn money. Your teen should consider taking a First Aid and CPR course or learn basic skills online. Creating a box or bag with extra activities to occupy the young charges is always a good idea. Make sure your teen has all the emergency contact information as well as special care instructions for allergies, special needs, and pets.
Pet Sitting can be a very rewarding job for the animal loving teen. Does your teen have that special gift where all dogs find her friendly? Use that skill to ask friends, neighbors, and church members if they need someone to spend quality time with their beloved pet. Maybe it would be an extended weekend trip or a week long vacation.
Yardwork from simple weed pulling to landscaping to lawn mowing are all possible ways a teen can earn money. Be sure your child is capable and mature enough to operate power tools and equipment before helping to secure these types of jobs. Remind your teen to always wear protective gear including sunscreen, eye protection, and ear protection.
Painting and Household Repairs might not be for every teen but if your teen is handy there’s money to be made. Elderly people often need their homes repainted or families with young children may not be able to get some jobs done themselves for fear their little ones might try to “help”. Attention to detail is a must as well as finishing a job in a timely manner.
Mother’s Helpers are not a new concept but usually are needed more in the Summer especially for WAHM. Teacher’s who need to work on lesson plans while their children are home might benefit from someone coming into the home as well. Check with a small business owner mom to see how your teen could help a few afternoons a week.
Farm Hands are great for the energetic teen who loves hard work. Your teen may be scooping poop, grooming horses, hauling hay bales and the like. This type of work is not for the weak or lazy but can really build character in an enthusiastic teen.
Camp Counselors are needed at most camps throughout the Summer. Usually require your teen to be 16 years old or older and have training in First aid, CPR, and group management. If your teen has great skills in problem solving and is very responsible being a camp counselor could be a great employment opportunity.
Playgroup Activities Leader might be a new concept that is great for a teen looking for a job close to home that she organizes herself. If you live in a neighborhood with a park or playground then she could offer a 2-3 hour daycamp in the mornings to occupy children ages 6-10 with activities, crafts, and a snack. This one would require advance planning and an additional friend or an adult for safety reasons. Creating a flyer to distribute and checking local city ordinances are all apart of this Summer Job.
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What job’s did you do growing up? What job’s are your teens considering this Summer?