Earning some money is a great reason to work. Doing some real good is, perhaps, an even better one. And before your child enters the more self-centered teen years, now is an ideal time to introduce the value of community service.
Plus, it takes less legwork to get your tween a volunteer job than it does to land a paying one, and it's just as effective in eliminating boredom and teaching responsibility.
A few volunteer options for your burgeoning do-gooder include:
- Volunteer at an animal shelter
- Read to elderly patients in a nursing home
- Read to young patients in a hospital
- Participate in church-, synagogue- or mosque-sponsored volunteer work
Another nonpaying but very valuable experience is an internship with a known adult in a field your child shows interest in. That type of gig is harder to come by, but you never know -- your neighbor who's a publisher may be looking for someone to chime in on proposed kids' book ideas a couple of afternoons a week.
For more information on keeping your tween busy and productive between the hours of 3 and 6, look over the links below.
More Great Links
- Frasier, Tiffany. "Help Your Teen Get a Summer Job." Scholastic. June 27, 2007. (Dec. 7, 2010)http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3746706
- Marmarou, Kaitlyn. "Is Your Preteen Ready to Babysit?" TweenParent.com. (Dec. 7, 2010)http://www.tweenparent.com/articles/view/138
- Scott, Megan K. "Summertime Blues: Teen, tween parents work to ward off summer boredom." Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. May 31, 2009. (Dec. 7, 2010)http://lubbockonline.com/stories/053109/fea_445529806.shtml