Put Them To Work

Summer is rapidly coming. Oooo, almost too quickly. Some days, I feel supremely under-prepared.

I have been throwing around ideas for things my kids can do during the few hours that I work during the summer. When they have a purpose, they are MUCH more well behaved. And if they’re making money, they are more apt to act right so they can chill with their friends and spend it.

So what can kids do? It’s a little bit touchy these days. My daughter has gone through CPR and the Red Cross Babysitters training. But to be “legal” she should go get a licence. Technically, the city can shut down their lemonade stand or sidewalk sale, too. But there are still a number of things that they can do without having to fork over money for permits and such.

Summer Jobs for Kids

  • Lawn Services
    Boo and Bubba J make a great lawn team. He picks up sticks and weed wacks, she mows. They both are good weeders, as well. Help them find “clients” by taking strolls around the neighborhood. If someone’s yard is getting a little wild, chances are there is no time. Or maybe they’re elderly and can no longer do it. Help them with a schpeal and send them out!
  • Hand Made Stuff
    Boo has has a lot of luck selling friendship bracelets at school. She created a little order form for colors, styles, and sizes. 50 cents a piece, or 3 for a dollar. What can your kids make?
  • Cleaning/Housekeeper
    If you are willing to go with for the initial “interview”, this can earn your kid a pretty penny. Make sure you do your research on the person they’re helping! My oldest worked for an elderly gentleman in the neighborhood, doing dishes, vacuuming, and doing laundry.
  •  Dog Walker
    If your kid likes pets, this is a fun one. Even if it’s just while a neighbor is on vacation, this is an especially wonderful job for the kids. Animals are so therapeutic.
  •  Errand Boy/Girl
    Depending on the age of your kids and your general location, this is a good one. Find an elderly person in the neighbor hood and ask “Is there anything I can do for you?”. A trip to the post office or to the store for a few things can add up.

What kind of jobs do your kids do in the summer? Share your ideas in the comments!!



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