It can be very stressful when your kid keeps on pressuring you about a summer job, especially if you don’t know if he or she is ready. It doesn’t have to be this way. However most people get a little confused when it comes to determining the right age.
What does the Law Say?
Some kids can mature early. However, the law discourages jobs that could endanger your child’s life in any way. Your kids must answer to a trustworthy adult throughout the summer job experience, and for family businesses the tasks must be easy.
Age Three to Nine
For your little, adorable child, choose a more physical job that is preferably an outdoor one. This will help the child’s creativity grow. Jobs to consider include taking out the trash, simple gardening (e.g., raking) or household chores. Upon completion of these jobs, the child should be compensated. This way, they will get to grow and also learn some important financial skills.
Age Ten to Thirteen
Kids in this age category can accomplish a little bit lot more than their younger cohorts. Higher level jobs such as unsupervised pet watching or babysitting could work depending on the child’s maturity. They can even start working with machines such as push mowers at this age.
Age fourteen to Seventeen
Kids in this age group are already becoming young adults. Theoretically speaking, they can apply for virtually any job. It doesn’t have to be a paying job as they can choose to volunteer as long as you make sure the organization has a good reputation.