What are some good after-school jobs for tweens?


Tween Jobs That Pay in Experience
Volunteering might not supply your tween with pin money, but the character-building experience can be worth the effort.
Volunteering might not supply your tween with pin money, but the character-building experience can be worth the effort.
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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.

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