Summer is well under way as are all the free time opportunities. What are you kids up to? Because there’s more than x-Box to fill the empty spaces. Time Magazine reported this week that the job market offers a few options for those that are willing. Here’s some of what Brad Tuttle had to say in Summer Jobs Market Bounces Back – But Most Teens Won’t Work Anyway: Last summer, 1.1 million Americans ages 16 to 19 found summer jobs, up from 960,000 the summer before. In both cases, per NPR, the figures meant that slightly less than 30% of teens who could work were working. In the ’90s and through 2000, by contrast, more than 50% of this demographic were regularly working summer jobs. The awful state of the jobs market in recent years—summer jobs or otherwise—have surely played a role in declining teen employment.
As usual, be careful if you are friends with me, let alone related, because I just might be compelled to share your story. This one I’m super excited to share, not because it’s fun to hear that this family (my brother and sister-in-law) is working, but because they’re experiencing the same thing we are … kids that, once they’re pitching in, can’t stop themselves from trying to find more ways to help. I watched it just the other day in my kitchen when a super moan-y child slow-walked all the way to the dishwasher, complaining with every shuffle that it was “not [his] turn to do the dishes!!” and the he “did them yesterday!!” Of course that goes nowhere with me because not only were the dishes done yesterday, they were washed that morning, too. It never ends. (Another nice
Summer is just around the corner. What to do … What to do…. Instead of a guest blog, the rest of the posts this week will focus on ways to fill free summer time with productivity. Productivity and creativity. Creativity and problem solving. Problem solving and independence … and fun. Because what can be more fun than bringing home some hard earned cash, no matter the age (and amount. I’m just sayin’. Listen a quarter is a big deal to Jack. Holding them is all he needs. Hmmmm…. might have more to do with his hoarding tendencies. But that’s another story.) Today’s terrific information comes from Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family Magazine. In the Summer 2012 issue is a terrific article on helping kids become entrepreneurs. In Lessons from the Lemonade Stand, Lee A Dean reveals
Someone asked me the other day about the way we have financially incentivized our kids on our road to enabling-recovery. It was in a bit of a judgmental manner, slightly appalled that we would pay our kids for making their beds – a task that I agree should need no incentive. But as I’ve said before, and will most certainly say again, we set the bar limbo-low around here. My response was, “You bet we pay them. Why not?” My sassy question back begged lengthy dissertations on the merits of teaching a child how to be a part of a family, helping out without incentives – all of which I’m sure I could use. But, let me tell you what has happened around here since cash entered the picture. Rather than take their money and spend, almost every kid has been growing their stash. One 13-year-old has her eye on a car that