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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Re: OT.. At what age did you/your child start working for pay?
Sun, 06-10-2012 - 8:09am
I think we're the same age and that's too bad, Aside from babysitting here and there my mom and dad didn't impress on us work during the school year but once we turned 16 we all started applying for Summer work, I even remember dad helping us write up resumes which we were required to give to every employer we applied at (those were before the printer days so we used "carbons" to make multiple copies, Lol).

 

 

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That is so cool.

I keep telling her that there's no better gig on this planet than to get paid to do what you love

I couldn't agree more.

 

 

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I forgot about community service, I don't know what the requirements are here yet but some hs juniors and seniors do get to spend part of their day at other campuses helping teachers there.. DH and his brother had a paper route too, At 16 he worked fast food.

 


 


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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..

 


 


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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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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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