Getting a job allows a child independence, both financially and emotionally. It teaches them valuable life skills about responsibility and time management, and it provides them with something to do in their summer holidays. There are some restrictions on what industries a 14-year-old child can work in and what hours a 14-year-old child can work, but despite this there are still quite a lot of jobs that younger teens can be paid for.
While kids as young as 10 can work on farms owned by their parents, in other workplaces there are restrictions on how often and where 14-year-old kids can work. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, a 14-year-old cannot work more than three hours a day, or eighteen hours a week, during the school year. They also can only work between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. In the summer they can work a 40-hour week and are allowed to work between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. However, 14-year-olds must work in a job that is not deemed dangerous or hazardous.
Restaurants and Stores
Most restaurants, stores, malls, fast-food outlets, movie theatres and ice cream parlours will hire 14-year-olds to work. They may not allow the 14-year-old to cook, work in the kitchen or even work on the cash register, but there are many other things they can do. These include waiting tables, serving, greeting, stacking shelves, locating products, packing bags or doing any other tasks to further assist customers.
Mowing and Newspapers
Some 14-year-olds would rather work outside, and for them mowing lawns or delivering newspapers can be the perfect option. Neighbours will often pay a 14-year-old to mow their lawn, especially in the summer months. Make sure the child knows how to properly use a mower and is aware of any safety precautions. Newspaper deliveries are also a popular summer job for younger teens. Make sure they have a working bike and are prepared for early starts, and encourage this as a summer rather than winter job as it is hard to ride through the snow and other bad weather in winter.
Babysitting is a popular part-time job for young teens. Children who are 14 years old are often responsible enough to mind and entertain younger children, and it can be a good way for them to earn some extra money. Let neighbours and family friends know that your 14-year-old is happy to babysit, and post flyers around the town centre. Keep in mind that unless they have experience with very young infants, it is probably not the best idea to allow a 14-year-old to babysit babies. Infants are a lot more work than toddlers and require a different set of skills.