OT.. At what age did you/your child start working for pay?

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Registered: 10-23-2001
OT.. At what age did you/your child start working for pay?
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Fri, 04-20-2012 - 6:10pm

My oldest DD will turn 15 in August, She is ready to start working for pay and she has expressed interest in doing something at the local grocery store (maybe a bagger?).

 


 


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Registered: 03-27-2003
DD15 started babysitting at 13 or 14. She spent all day yesterday washing dishes at her friend's family's restaurant, which may be something she'll do sporadically. She doesn't have time for a real job during the school year, but I've already told her that we expect her to have either a pt job or regular volunteer gig next summer (a year from now). DD12 and her friends are very entrepreneurial & are always holding yard sales or jewelry sales to make money. They're counting down the days until they can start a babysitting business (taking the Red Cross training this summer). I think part of working at a real job is figuring out how to get one, so if I were you, I wouldn't do the calling for her.
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Good points and I agree, DD should be the one to call, Part of this is my own curiosity... The Y offers cpr and other training classes, A lot of that I know you have to be 15 for.

 


 


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My kid turned her church service babysittting (13-15) into a paying gig, including taxes, at 16. She worked about 24-30hrs a week last summer (16.5yo) as a mother's helper/catering assistent and about 10hrs a month during the school year. She will work mostly the catering gig this summer for the same people and she got a raise from $8 to $10 an hour. She loves having her own money which lasted all year, she is looking forward to her tax refund (she filed April 17th) to splurg for the end of year prom.

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OT but I've had two friends tell me they spent upwards of 400.00 for their DD's prom dresses.. I don't know how common that is, But Wowsers!

 


 


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Registered: 03-25-2010
jamblessedthree wrote:
I am not a big proponent of kids having jobs during the school year...

I think it depends on a variety of factors, for me it would depend on the kid, the job and the entire situation.

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I started my first taxed job a couple of months before I turned 16. My parents had a rule that if you weren't in sports you had to work. Sometimes we did both ;)

My oldest will turn 14 next week, and most likely won't have a job until he's 16 depending on how he's doing in school. I'm going to have him help me out in baseball concessions a bit when I can supervise him a little more. He worked one shift already, but it was hard for me to watch how he was doing since I had to man the grill. If I'm going to have him as a substitute for a parent, I want to make sure he's working hard.

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Registered: 06-04-2003

When I was 12 I worked for a caterer on the weekends and I babysat for a girl 1 hour before school and 2 hours after school every day.

My son is 12 and he will begin a CIT (Counselor in Training) program this summer but it is not paid.

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Registered: 12-07-2003
My kids are way too little for jobs . . . I had my first job-- an internship at the university between my junior and senior years of high school. I was 16, almost 17, and got my driver's license primarily so my parents wouldn't have to take me to work and pick me up. After that, I started working at an after school program in the local schools. I volunteered during the school year to meet the community service (optional) requirement for graduation, and then it turned into a full time job over the summer. Before that, I did a lot of babysitting and pet sitting for my neighbors.

My husband had a paper route starting at 11, when his brother moved away. He was a little bit younger than the paper required, but they made an exception, since he was taking over his brother's route. He had the route until he graduated from high school.
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That's great and good luck to your DS, My friend's oldest kid went through a similar (CIT) program but I don't think he was as young as 12..