The first job

While I was brainstorming with my daughter to find an idea for this month’s column, she launched into the following.

“First, we’ve got to tell them about jobs that kids can get to earn money, but the main motive is to talk about how to split the money into three different piggy banks so that the savings portion can be used for things like going to college or starting a business”.

She put that first! I’m so proud!

Next, let’s talk about the “first” part of her idea since we’ve already covered the three-piggy system (and its obvious influence on a child’s long-term view of savings!).

My daughter is now eleven and starting to think about earning more money than her allowance.  So, we had a little discussion about what kind of jobs she could do.

What kinds of jobs are reasonable “first” jobs for tweens?

I think one of the main considerations is to find something that is an initiation into work, but still gives them plenty of “kid time”. Let them be initiated slowly, perhaps only working for a few hours a day and only a few days a week.

As with any job at any age, I think it’s important to consider matching the job with your child’s strengths and aptitudes as much as possible.

My daughter has always loved young children and taking care of them. So, we’re looking into signing her up for a baby-sitting course now, so that next year she can start earning her own money doing something she likes.

Other jobs we also thought of: cutting grass, walking dogs, doing odd jobs around the house for the elderly, and lemonade stands on a more regular basis.

They’re all jobs that are created by the children through connecting with their community, and with flexible hours they control themselves.

Could there be a better initiation?


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Mark Tilden22 Posts

Parti du constat qu’il n’existait aucun matériel pédagogique pour donner aux enfants de bonnes habitudes avec l’argent, Mark Tilden incorpore les bases de la finance adaptées aux enfants de 5 à 8 ans dans de courtes histoires qu’il teste d’abord sur sa fille de 5 ans. Il a ainsi écrit les premières histoires pour enfants de fiction financière fantaisiste au monde. Chaque mois, Mark propose dans sa chronique des activités interactives, simples, et comme il dit… amusantes. Après 18 années de Conseils en placement, Mark Tilden crée kidsmartmoney, une plateforme d’alphabétisation à la finance destinée aux enfants de 5 à 17 ans. Based on the fact that there wasn’t any teaching manual to give children good habits with money, Mark Tilden incorporates financial basics for younger children (5 -8) into bedtime stories he told first his five years old daughter, and he penned most likely the world’s first financial fantasy fiction stories for children. Every month, in his column, Mark will pass on some age appropriate ideas/activities that are interactive, uncomplicated, and dare he say…fun! Investment advisor during 18 years, Mark Tilden create recently kidsmartmoney, a Financial Literacy Education Platform for children from age 5 to 17.


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