A Job This Summer?

My daughter must have spring fever because she approached me the other morning and asked what I though about her getting a job this summer.  I was surprised because we haven’t discussed this at all in the past.  She has shown no interest in getting a job until now.  To the best of my knowledge none of her close friends have jobs. Most of the crowd she hangs around with is very involved in school activities, such as sports, drama club, committees and other school related events, leaving little time for a paid job.

My daughter has on more than one occasion made it clear that she is not interested in becoming involved in afterschool related activities. We don’t push her but secretly I do hope that she will reconsider and get involved in something.  I worry that her lack of interest in the things that her friends are doing will eventually form a rift in her friendships.  She does have a tendency to isolate herself a little bit, which causes me some concern.

Getting a job at 13 is not out of the question, but it would not be my first choice of extracurricular activity for her. I have to admit that I would really like to see her involved in clubs or sports but I am glad that she is interested in doing something outside of school and hanging around at home.  I asked her where she may be interested in working and she didn’t know. She did tell me that she didn’t want to babysit for anyone other than her little brother. I explained to her that the first step in getting a job would be to think about what she might like to do and narrow down her options to a few local places that could use some summer help.

First things first; she will need to keep her grades up and focus on her schoolwork until June. There will be no discussion of any job before school is out. I was very clear on that point. She agreed and said she would focus on school for now but that she did think that a summer job would be “fun”. Having her own money and responsibly outside of the house “would be good for her”, she informed me.

Her interest in getting a job did surprise me but I am not opposed to it at all. I am actually impressed that she is taking the initiative to get involved with something, even if it is not school related events.  She responsibly is school, first and foremost and come June we can discuss the option of her getting a summer job. The idea of having a job will give her something to look forward to and motivate her to do her best in school.


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