My daughter wants a job

@AnnaB7 (757)
United States
July 25, 2008 2:15pm CST
She just turned old enough to get a workers permit. but this permit comes with lots and lots of restrictions. I am wondering just where she should look for a job, now that she has her permit. She is only 14 so her choices are very limited. Wondering if any of you have an suggestions as to what she could do at this age, besides babysitting, I really do not want her babysitting.
6 responses
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
25 Jul 08
I'd say McDonald's or Taco Bell or places similar to that, those are places that are more likely to hire a kid just starting out
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
25 Jul 08
The ones here will not hire you unless your at least 18. Some of the McDonalds do hire at her age just not the ones here locally. There are only two places in town that I know of so far that might hire her but neither of these are a good choice due to their location. Hopefully we will be able to find her something though./
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
25 Jul 08
How about grocery stores? I see very young ladies here at my location scouring the lot for empty carts and bagging groceries inside the store. Even Walmart has some really young people working there. I hope she finds something
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
25 Jul 08
Well the walmart policy in this area is you have to be 18. And that is the same for all of the grocery stores in this area. But there is a very high unemployment rate in this area. So maybe that is part of the problem, where we live has the highest rate of unemployment in the state and for some reason the people in charge of increasing taxes think this is a good time to increase taxes. Hopefully she will find something because I think it would be good for her since she is wanting to earn her own money. Maybe she can find something to do online like that young lady up in Detroit did she seems to be doing very well, and just recently turned 18 she has been making more money than most adults have ever made. And without a degree no less. (she is the one who was doing something on myspace about some sort of decorations or something I am not sure, because I really don't visit myspace very often at all, it is just not something that I quite understand.
@tomzhong (50)
• China
26 Jul 08
she is still a child why does her want a job now? she can go to McDONALD for part-now
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
26 Jul 08
McDonalds does not hire her age where we live, as for her wanting a job she just wants one so she can have money to spend on things she wants, she wants to be able to buy several gi's and more martial arts equipment. (which we can not afford right now, I did tell her I would buy her another gi, this week but she said no she wanted to be able to save her own money and buy it.)(these are on the expensive side) also she wants to be able to buy her own car when she turns sixteen, she wants to do a lot of things. she also wants to finish up school so she can start college sooner rather than later, I told her that was fine but she had to get her math. she really needs to work on that, but she'll get there in time. She is just a child your right but she really is wanting to earn her own money, she is upset at me because I won't let her do the same things her older brothers did at her age for a business, I don't think it would be wise. Her brothers were tall for their age and looked older, plus they were a lot further advanced than she is on their self defense training, she is also a lot smaller than they were, plus she is a girl, and in my opinion there are some types of jobs young ladies her age do not need to be doing without they have someone with them such as their dad or older brother or something. (the boys did a lot of yardwork, cutting grass and cleaning up yards, and even used a chain saw, not something I want her using) Maybe I am just being too protective of her since she is the only girl, but really it can in my opinion be more dangerous for girls than boys doing certain types of jobs. Anyway, it is unlikely she will be taking any jobs for a while now, because she has to work on her school work. So she can reach the goals she has set for herself there. She needs to just worrry with one thing at a time. At least that is what I keep telling her.
• China
27 Jul 08
it is a good custom to buy something she likes by her owned effort i don't the situation in USA i once taught the little guy math,physical,chemistry it was a good paid job for me so i could buy many things i likes without my parents'help is your daughter good at her homework? Or she can be the ritual girl if she is tall enough and beautiful many of my female friends do that as part time job
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I am not sure what a ritual girl is, but it is good that she wants to work I think. Hopefully she will always want to do things for herself. She is good in most school subjects except she needs to work on her math. She is a good writer. I was thinking of letting her sell some of the poetry she writes. Anyway she really does not have to have a job right now she just wants wants one.
@alpha7 (1910)
• France
25 Jul 08
You should be happy that she is willing to work ,she will become responsible if she keep this up,any job should be ok for now since she's still with you.
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
26 Jul 08
I am happy that she is wanting to work, but I do wish there were more available to kids her age that would like to work, because it may help encourage teens to work instead of just get into trouble, I think too much free time leads to some kids getting into trouble, so jobs would be good if available to them.
@alpha7 (1910)
• France
26 Jul 08
I wish her the best.
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Thank you very much, I think she will do okay if she can keep a positive attitude.
@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Around here the only options are fast food restaurants or grocery stores. Other than babysitting I really don't have any other suggestions. I think babysitting is a good place to start. It will teach her some responsibility. You might suggest to her that if she babysits SHE's the boss. If she goes to work anyplace else, she has to do what the boss says, which most times is not fun. With a babysitting job maybe play some games with the kids, probably watch tv after the children are put to bed if it is at night. You can eat and drink out of somebody elses kitchen, etc, etc. Just a few thoughts to throw her way! Good luck and best wishes!
@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Thanks for the ideas, but she has already been doing a lot of mostly unpaid babysitting for a while now. (unpaid because I don't have the money to pay her) She does not really want to do any more babysitting. Around here the fast food places and grocery stores want you to be older than she is. Except one fast food place and one department store. I think it is because of the unemployment rate in this area, that the ones doing the hiring will usually only hire adults, it is sort of hard to find a job here unless you know someone who knows someone. and even then it can be hard. Because so many places are closing up shop, and new places are not coming in, there are only three grocery stores left now, there used to be Winn Dixxie, Bi Lo's, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Ingles, and a couple more that I forget now, and of the stores I mentioned several of them scattered out through the county, and each of them were open 24 hours each. Now there is only Food Lion, and Ingles, and one Harris Teeter left, and they all close by about 9 instead of staying open 24 hours. Then almost every week you hear about another business closing or at least for a good long while that is what was happening but now almost everything is gone, as far as factories go. This area has a very high unemployment rate.
• United States
27 Jul 08
Times are hard all over. I know businesses are closing and there is high unemployment. Are there any farms nearby that she could go and help out? I just know that kids around here used to do what they call "Walk Beans". The farmer pays them to walk through the fields and basically pull weeds. I'm not even sure they do that much anymore with all the chemicals they sell nowadays. I'm not much help but wish her the very best and hope she can find soemthing soon.
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I don't think they do that here anymore I see lots of machines that seem to be doing all the work that used to be done by people, but maybe there is one she something that she could do. I am sure if she really wants a job she will find one eventually.
@gwoman2 (711)
• United States
25 Jul 08
Hi AnnaB7, I agree, babysitting is not a good job for a 14 year old but there are other avenues...start with her school or your local Board of Education ask about any summer programs or go to your local community action center or One Stop Career Centers they have a wealth of info for you and your daughter. Both my daughters began working at 14 for summer programs and sometimes if they work well and follow all directions they'll give them a part time while school is on, an hour here and an hour there will give the kids a paycheck and a sense of worth!! Check it out, it might be the answer. And know that this is a very, very good thing that she wants to work...Bless her, I'm sure you are very proud of her and you should be just for her decision! ~Stay cool, stay well and never, never stress~ ~G~
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
25 Jul 08
Thank you for taking time to respond to this. I'll have to loook into some of the job fairs, I am not sure how to go about that, but I guess I could watch the paper for when they are doing that again. Maybe they will have a job fair soon. She is good at following directions so hopefully she would be able to continue working once she found a job, and get good references.
@ellie333 (21029)
25 Jul 08
One of my daughters done a paper round at that age and anoher used to help out washing dishes and waitressing a bit at a local restaurant, neither babysat at all. They saved most of their income and spent the rest. Ellie :D
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
25 Jul 08
A paper route in this area would not work, we would have to live in a different area. Maybe she could do some waitressing or washing dishes if we can find a restaurant in this area that will hire her, nearly every place in town here wants their workers to be a mim of 18. Hopefully she will be able to find something, she wants to save the majority of her money, plus buy a few things.