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 on the next page.