QOTW~Kids Working

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Registered: 10-08-2004
QOTW~Kids Working
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Tue, 08-02-2011 - 10:26am

I know we have 4th 5th and 6th graders here but let's face it...in 5 years or less our kids will be old enough to work.

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Tue, 08-02-2011 - 3:13pm
Depends on the job. 10 or 11 for a mother's helper (Meaning, the mom is there and the helper looks after her kids while she does other things, like work from home.) 13 for babysitting. 11 or so for yard cutting and newspaper delivery via bike. Old enough to hold a shovel for snow shoveling. State law for most other jobs is fine if the kid wants to do the work. Of course, it all depends on the maturity of the kid, the job, and other obligations to family, school or clubs/church. If there is equipment involved, the kid should know how to operate it correctly so that the kid is safe and the machinery is not destroyed. So yes, I have one that could be working now, and one more next year. The other has at least 4 more years.

Season may also play a big part in the job as well. During the summer doing mother helper is fine, but come time for school, even though we homeschool, I need to have time to instruct. Yard mowing would probably need to wait until weekend.

I have hired 13 year olds to babysit, and 12 year olds to check on and feed my cats and fish when on vacation. Currently we have a 17 year old who is our babysitter, and also teaches riding lessons to my kids. (She also works at a veterinary clinic.) The ones I hire tend to be kids who have shown initative and come and and offer their services to me.
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Registered: 11-11-2010
Tue, 08-02-2011 - 11:43pm

Hi Rebekah, I stopped by the other day to answer the lunch box question and I appreciated your 'welcome' note so much that I felt like returning. My kids are 20+ but their grade school days still feel like yesterday to me! so I can definitely comment on your QOTW about kids working. I agree with the previous poster about 12 or 13 for babysitting plus the other examples..

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Wed, 08-03-2011 - 8:34am
Hi Joanne :) Thanks for coming back. I know how you feel about having them be 20 and feeling like gradeschool was yesterday. Nathaniel is 10 and I feel like he was a toddler just yesterday. They grow up way too fast.

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Wed, 08-03-2011 - 8:45am

In our state you have to be 15 to work legally for money at a place of employment but I was 16 almost 17 before I actually got a job.

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