If you want your kids to enjoy their summer and still learn things while they are out of school, here are a few ideas about how they can make their own money, learn to be responsible, and get that get that good feeling of earning the things they want. Keep in mind that these jobs are not to replace chores around the house, but to teach them things like keeping their rooms clean so they wont have to do so many. They will learn to value hard work and earn self respect, too. This, in return, will raise their self esteem, which will be beneficial for them throughout their life. Ask them which of these part time jobs they would like to do:
1. Yard work/ mowing lawns- Go door to door in different neighborhoods and ask if they would like help with their yard each week, such as watering flowers, pulling weeds, and mowing grass.
2. Tending gardens- Find people that have gardens, especially if you live out in the country. Elderly people especially appreciate the help because they may not be physically able to do certain things but still want or even need a garden.
3. Recycling aluminum cans and other metals- Grab a couple of bags and some gloves and go around picking up metal. You can find metal in scrap piles, old sheds, even on the side of the road and in woods. These days the prices of metals is pretty high, especially copper.
4. Watch/walk people’s dogs- Think of some people that own pets and see if they may need a pet sitter during the day or if they know of anyone that does. You may come across some people that like their dogs to go for a walk in the park but don’t always have the time, or some might even like the idea of their animals getting more exercise and be glad that you brought it to their attention.
5. Lemonade stand- Go somewhere people hang out at during the summer and sell lemonade or soft drinks, but make sure you have permission from whoever may own the property first. Swimming areas are a great place to sell drinks.
6. Yard sale- Have them get all their old toys, shoes, games, clothes, sport equipment and electronics that they don’t use all together and set it outside for a yard sale. They can even sell soft drinks there and advertise for other jobs as people come and go by talking to them.
Advertise on Facebook and other social networking sites. You can also advertise in the newspaper, on bulletin boards at stores, and by word of mouth. Write down a list of different friends and family members that could use some help with any of these things. Find the right neighborhoods or areas for each job. Like all jobs, they will help your child to develop their sense of responsibility and accomplishment.
Further reading from the author:
How to Teach Your Child to be More Assertive
Parenting: A Father’s Guide
Tips On Filling Out a Job Application
Raising a Child with A.D.D.
The Best (Fun and Easy) Part Time Jobs for Teens
Best Jobs For Teens and College Students