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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Older dd had a babysitting job at 14.

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I am not a big proponent of kids having jobs during the school year...

 

 

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Does your DS sell stuff on ebay?

My older two kids have just recently discovered that site and love browsing it for stuff they would normally not see in stores, Lol.. I have the account there tho.