When Should Your Kids Start Working?
Out of the Game Room and into the Workplace
When the dolls and baseball cards get pushed to the wayside for cell phones and movie dates, it may be time to gently nudge your child out from under your wing and into the workplace. It doesn’t have to be pushing shopping carts or spinning signs on the corner; working in any capacity during formative years builds character and gives your child real-world experience. Summer jobs teach the value of a dollar and give kids lasting memories, and after-school gigs lead to more pocket change for the weekends and less worrying for Mom and Dad. The hard part isn’t asking yourself if they should work; it’s asking yourself when they should work. Grab Your Passport Traveling With Your Kids as a Single Parent Summer vacation is just around the corner, and with it comes summer sports, camps, and — best of all — trips! Planning for a vacation as a divorced and single parent may sound exhausting, but the following tips can help create a memory-filled adventure for you and your children. Travel in Groups Being the only parent in the household can be exhausting, and for some families, vacations can be equally tiring. This is why traveling in groups can be beneficial. Some
In the U.S., most of us have about four decades of working to look forward to. Many start working in late adolescence and continue until retirement age. Now, that’s a lot of work to be had. So why rush it? Well, idle hands often spell disaster. Sitting around all day is a burden on both child and parent, whether they realize it or not. Those few years between hitting puberty and graduating high school are the sweet spot for your child to start their part-time career. There’s no shame in flipping burgers, stocking shelves, or mowing lawns. As of 2014, there were 16 million workers in the families choose to take babysitters along with them, while others plan group trips for single parents and their children. Both options provide your children with plenty of kid- focused time to traipse around, and you get some well-deserved rest and relaxation with other adults. As a bonus, you’ll create lasting memories and friendships with families in similar situations as you. Ask for Help When you’re the only adult, you’re tackling many jobs all at once. No one will judge you for asking for help, and there are plenty of services ready and willing to help. Tropical
retail and food service industries, and the numbers have only gone up from there. But work ethic is changing among American teenagers. Just one-third of individuals aged 16–19 had a job lined up for last summer, compared to 51.2 percent for the same age range in 1997. While surviving on minimum wage as an adult is a topic of great debate, raking in around $10 an hour as a 14-year- old can seem like a king’s ransom. A few working hours here and there will do your grown baby a world of good and prepare them for the next chapter of their lives. resorts often have day camps for children to keep them entertained and engaged while you enjoy your own activities. Airlines will also be accommodating to families, and some travel agencies offer packages designed for single parents and their children. The help is out there; you just have to ask for it. Stick to a Budget You do not have to go bankrupt to give your kids a vacation. The best part about a trip isn’t necessarily where you go; it’s about being on vacation and just enjoying the company. Instead of springing for the latest cruise, check out the abundance of travel destinations within driving distance that make for great trips and save you oodles of cash. Near Phoenix, we’re just three hours away from the Grand Canyon, about four hours away from the Petrified Forest National Park, and less than three hours away from Meteor Crater. You don’t even have to leave Arizona to see some of nature’s greatest feats and make it a vacation to remember.
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