Children love to feel like they are contributing to the world with their gifts and working towards their own goals, whether it's a new bicycle or that latest pair of jeans from their favorite store. Jobs teach kids important lessons about work ethics, sticking with something and following their dreams. Encourage your child to find an age-appropriate position that will help her follow her bliss and achieve her goals.
Kids who are strong in academics participate in peer tutoring programs at schools across the nation, as early as the third or fourth grade. While these jobs normally don't pay cash, they give children the satisfaction of knowing they've helped another kid learn something that was challenging for them, whether it's math, reading or science. Skills learned in peer tutoring relationships help kids succeed in the paying jobs they secure as they get older. Middle school and high school kids might even earn a few extra dollars by helping their peers master their school lessons after school or on the weekends.
Starting in middle school, kids who are talented in playing a musical instrument, singing or writing music earn extra money by teaching private lessons in their free time. Kids normally charge less for giving lessons than experienced adult music teachers, but can still earn enough money to save up for their goals. Lessons take place in school buildings or the child's home, making this a job that doesn't normally require commute time and a parent to drive their child to work.
Gifted teen athletes help younger children learn the basics of their favorite sport, such as basketball, soccer, football or tennis. Teens often participate as coaching assistants in community-based recreation programs, or as camp counselors for overnight camps and athletic skills workshops. They earn money doing what they love, gain experience that assists in getting into college, and experience the satisfaction of seeing younger athletes grow in skill and understanding of the sport.
Teens who enjoy young children benefit from the experience of working as an early childhood teacher's assistant in a daycare or preschool setting. They take advantage of opportunities to teach children the basics of ABCs and numbers, music, science, sports and more. Teacher's assistants are often involved in creating and executing lesson plans, as well as in educating younger kids on how to properly function and behave in classroom settings, resolve conflicts and relate with their peers.
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