Kids that are occupied are more likely to stay out of trouble. During the school year, a 13-year-old is busy studying for tests, attending school functions, and participating in extra-curricular activities. But when school is not in session, a part-time job may be just the thing to keep him out of trouble. Finding one can be challenging, however, since he's not old enough for a work permit. That means you need to get creative to find him a job.
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Ask friends, family members, and neighbours if they have any chores that need to be done around the house. Your 13-year-old can help with chores like sweeping the floors, doing the dishes, or even cooking. This might be a good option for an elderly person who needs some extra help.
Help your 13-year-old start a mini-landscaping business. He can mow grass, pull weeds, water plants, and even help plant a garden. Start by advertising his services around the neighbourhood. Once he has a few clients, ask them to refer him to friends and family members who live in town.
If your 13-year-old has an interest in animals, encourage him to get involved with pets. He can pet sit, walk neighbourhood dogs, or even clean up after people's pets. This might involve going to their house once or twice a day to clean up the yard or scoop cat litter.
Let your 13-year-old use his love of cars to start a car washing, waxing, and detailing business. He can wash and wax cars in the neighbourhood or at local businesses, and he can offer to detail the cars as well. Make sure he knows what he's doing before taking on this venture. The last thing you want is for someone's car to be scratched or damaged.
Help your teen expand his business all year by adding seasonal elements, such as raking leaves and shovelling snow.
Tips and warnings
- Whatever type of work your 13-year-old is best suited for, you can help advertise his business around town by putting up flyers in local businesses. Make sure you get the business owner's permission first.
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