Summer Jobs for Kids

summerjobsAs much as I want to provide all of my children’s needs and desires, I recognize the importance of teaching them the value of money instead of just giving in to all of their wishes. I always tell them that they should work hard for anything that they want to achieve in life, and I’m glad that my lessons seem to sink in their minds well! When summertime comes, my kids are very excited to work part time and earn extra cash for their wants. Here are some of the cool and easy things they do that I want to share with you.

Dog Walking

During summer kids have plenty of time walking neighbour’s dogs, and it can be a fun thing especially if your kid loves animals. However, make sure that they are comfortable with the dog before letting them to do the job.

Lawn mowing

Not many of us want to mow the lawn, fortunately children are very much willing to do so. Using your own or the homeowner’s mower, it’s not a very tasking thing for children to do. Meanwhile, if your child is too young for mowing, they can perform other tasks such as planting or raking.

Babysitting

One of the most popular summer jobs, letting our children babysit to kids of busy neighbours can also be an interactive way for them to spend the summer.

Tutoring

If you have older children passionate in certain subjects, allow them to exercise their minds through tutoring. Not only will they earn extra, but it keeps their brains active during summer and also lets them make friends with other kids.

Lifeguarding/ Swimming Coach

If you have an old enough child who loves to swim, lifeguarding or teaching swimming lessons are smart ways to relieve the summer boredom and enjoy the outdoors.

Selling Lemonades

Lemonade stands are hot during summer, and this business venture can surely help your kids yield a good deal of cash. They are not required to do it full time, just a couple of times a week and they’ll have enough money to spend during summer.

Car Washing

If your child loves to be outside getting wet, a good choice for a summer job is car washing. For many kids, it’s more of a fun rather than a tiring job to do.

Holding a Garage Sale

While it can never be a regular work, holding a garage sale at least once or twice over the summer is an excellent way to remove old clutter and raise easy cash.

My Favourite Summer Refreshments

One of the greatest challenges this summer is beating the heat. Try these easy, homemade drinks which the whole family will love.

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Watermelon Soda Float

Just scoop some watermelon balls and stir in with sugar and water to make a syrup. Purée watermelon pieces in a blender and strain. Combine with the syrup, lime juice, and salt. Cover and chill and top with frozen yogurt or ice cream.

Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

This family favourite only requires a cup of apple cider, a half-cup of vanilla yogurt, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 2 cups of frozen cherries.

Healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie

This one is a favourite of mine and what I mostly drink on a strict diet. Just toss a few pieces of fresh strawberries, bananas, ice, and low fat milk on a blender. Forget the sugar and cream, because the natural thickness and sweetness of the bananas make it a yummy but healthy refreshment.

June Bug

With the colours of orange juice, ginger ale, grenadine, and orange sherbet blended together, this refreshing drink is just fit for summer. If you want some booze, just add white rum.

Frozen Slushie

To create this extremely simple summer refreshment anytime, make sure you always keep 2 cans of fruit in heavy syrup handy all the time. I recommend canned peaches and pineapple. Seal the fruits in a zip-lock container and keep in the freezer. When your children request for them, simply submerge the container in a bowl of hot water. Once the fruit is thawed, chop them and place in the food processor. Blend in the syrup until smooth and serve immediately.

Limeberry Crush

If you’re on strict calorie counting, this dairy-free refreshment can quickly quench your thirst without the guilt. All you need is to blend strawberries, lime juice, confectioner’s sugar, and crushed ice for an easy summer drink.

Iced Frappucino

Coffee is one of my guilty pleasures, and while I can’t always find comfort in a cup of espresso during a hot summer day, I resort to making an iced frappucino when craving for caffeine. Just toss skimmed milk, instant coffee, condensed milk, chocolate syrup, and ice in the blender. Spice up with cinnamon for a twist, or spray some whipped cream if you’re not dieting. Who needs Starbucks when you can make one at home?

Worthwhile Things to Do During Summer

summerWhile summer for kids may mean no homework, sleeping in late, afternoon naps, TV marathon, and more time outdoors, all of these can be pretty exhausting with lack of careful planning and variety. Like adults, children love being productive, and here are some unique activities I encourage my kids to do for a worthwhile vacation.

Summer Camps

Although you’d want to spend the entire season with your kids as much as possible, you won’t always be able to do that. To make sure that their leisure time is spent wisely, you can send them off to summer camps. It’s a clever way to ensure that they stay in a safe place and acquire some learning while you take a breather yourself.

Summer Courses

With all the free time in their hands, kids can easily get bored during the summer. Instead of letting them stare in front of the TV or play video games all day, enrolling them in a summer lesson can give them something worthwhile to get busy with. Piano, painting, ballet, violin, photography, etc. -whatever it is that they are passionate about.

Summer Jobs

While children may find themselves very excited in the beginning of summer, boredom will soon come in especially if they’re cash-strapped. Letting them engage in summer jobs will keep them preoccupied while earning the money they need to spend on vacation or stuff, so that you won’t be the one to pay for everything. Clearly it’s a win-win situation for everyone!

Volunteer Work

Convince your children to spend a few hours of their abundant free time lending a helping hand to those in need. It’s a great way to see the other side of life, meet new people, and make new friends. They will truly find self-fulfilment and treasure this summer experience. You can find volunteer programs by visiting GVI.

Tips

  • Schedule tasks and introduce them one at a time. You don’t want to overwhelm them.
  • Give suggestions while asking them what they want. It’s always best to sound supportive rather than dictating.
  • Don’t let them do the same thing over and over. No matter how fun the activity is, it can get boring soon. Give them time to relax and explore other hobbies.
  • Reward them for a job well done. Make sure you let them know that you appreciate their efforts.