Most kids are ready and raring at the gate for start earning their own money. It may not have anything to do with the actual having a job part, but instead is more about the actual having money part. Unfortunately though, younger kids may not be ready for the kind of responsibility that comes with working. Ask yourself these 4 questions below when you’re asking yourself if your child is ready to get a job then make your decision.
Can they follow clear directions?
If your child can not follow clear directions complete with steps included, they’re not ready to go to work. Their boss won’t care about their age and instead will just want them to follow what they’re told.
Can they handle money at all?
Yes, your child is working to have their own money, but they’re also learning responsibility. If they can’t manage their money at all? They may not be ready. Before you make a decision based solely on this question, talk with them first. Their answers may surprise you.
Do they complete their chores at home?
If your kids baulk at doing chores? Chances are they will react the same way at work. Before making your decision, make it perfectly clear to them what a boss will require and that they’re willing to give their job what it will take to keep it.
Are they doing well in school?
Unless your family is in dire financial trouble and your teen wants to help, your child should be getting good grades in school before they are allowed to work. Grades should always come before their spending money. If they’re not getting good grades, give them the chance to bring them up to acceptable levels and then re-visit the job question after.
For kids that are too young to work outside of the home, consider giving them a job around the house. Have them work it every day for an hour or so and pay them a wage. If you run a small business, your kids could do light things for you such as research on the web or light filing.
How old were your kids when they started to earn money?