Your child is 14 years old and she wants a job. Most states have strict labour laws concerning minors, and laws for children 14 years and under are the most stringent. Your child will have to get a more creative job, staying away from the usual employers of teens like fast-food restaurants. Look into some more domestic jobs in your neighbourhood, and she may be able to find a job relatively quickly.
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The classic job for preteens is babysitting. Taking care of young children, whether for a parents' occasional night out or on a regular basis to help out in work scheduling, is an easy way for preteens to make money. Girls are the traditional choice in babysitting, but there is no reason for boys to shy away from this job. Have your child bring creativity and patience, and he will be asked back soon, and perhaps referred to other families as well.
A time-honoured job for 14 year old kids is a paper route. Most large daily papers have gone to adults in vans delivering their products, but there are still local and weekly papers that are happy to hire preteens. Your daughter will probably need a bicycle and must be punctual, but she can make some nice money for savings on this job.
Lawns and gardens need work, no matter what the season, and this is the perfect opportunity for your child to make some extra money. He can pull weeds and plant seeds in the spring, mow lawns in the summer, rake leaves in the fall and shovel snow in the winter. Strong arms and the use of your garden tools are all he needs to succeed in this job.
If there is a new mother in the neighbourhood, especially one with multiple children, she may be happy to hire your daughter as a mother's helper. Your child can help feed babies, straighten up the house, do dishes or run a load of laundry, or perhaps just rock the baby and give the new mom a much needed half-hour nap. Your daughter could just be the little touch that helps this mom get through her day, and this may pave the way for future babysitting jobs for a long time.
If there is a local or municipal golf course nearby, your child may be able to get a job as a caddie. Most courses start hiring caddies at 14 years old, and they usually rehire good workers year after year. Courses have been known to sponsor scholarships for top caddies, and some caddies can make substantial tips throughout a summer season.
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