How Having a Summer Job Will Benefit Your Children

Using Work to Help to Foster Development

In RDI®, we use ordinary, everyday activities to help our children to learn and to grow, and work is no exception. Working to earn money can help your child to learn important life lessons, and that’s even more true for our autistic children.

Some Ideas for Jobs Your Children Can Do

We continue our theme of a great summer with great kids with a great topic about work, defined as:

  • Exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil
  • Productive or operative activity
  • Employment, as in some form of industry, especially as a means of earning one’s livelihood

Play in early developmental is the work of childhood, but work itself, is also the work of growing up.

By this I refer to accomplishment, industry and a basic understanding of money.

Having already discussed chores, volunteer opportunities and lessons, I turn to the development of the work ethic as it accompanies an appreciation of money.

There are lots of things your neighbors will pay your children to do.

The first step is deciding what is age appropriate, followed by training your children to do the task well.

Then, she can advertise her expertise and availability.

A simple sign on a telephone pole that you can hand wash a car at home (theirs or yours), that you know the difference between a prize begonia and a weed and can assist an urban gardener are a couple of ideas that can procure a weekly summer job.

There is also door-to-door selling of home baked cookies with attached recipes, hand-dyed wrapping paper or stationary with envelopes.

Then there are jobs such as carrying out groceries or busing in restaurants that can earn enough for a first car.

Whatever the job, guiding your child to the work of growing up is wise parenting.


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