Homeschoolers certainly have an advantage over their public and private schooled peers when it comes to flexibility in their schedule. Within the confines of Texas Child Labor Laws, students may pursue activities that will enhance their academic transcript as well as prepare them for the challenges of adulthood that exist right around the corner.
1) Volunteerism – Thanks to the technological marvels of our present age, parents and students can pinpoint volunteering opportunities that suit them and give them the satisfaction of serving others in need.
2) Finding a job – The emotional and spiritual reward of helping others sometimes must be balanced with attention to practical matters. For this reason, students may find they need to sacrifice sacrificial giving in pursuit of the AMD (Almighty Dollar).
Parents who diligently mull over the best curriculum choices for each child each year can also apply some of their talents in the occupation of “headhunter” for their teens. Seeking employment for the first time can be daunting to your adult-in-training. Helpful nudges in the right direction (once that direction has been determined) will pay big dividends for your child and for you. An employed teen becomes more empathetic and self-disciplined as well as developing an enhanced sense of self-confidence and optimism that accompanies the ability to earn income. Naturally, parents will want to seize the opportunity to reinforce the benefits of saving and giving.
Sources of teen employment include:
- Homeschool support groups – Entrepreneurial teens can advertise their services as lawn mowers, babysitters, music or art teachers, tutors, and pet/house sitters, to name a few. Advertising within a known group of families is safest, but opportunities may be limited.
- Local business owners – Smaller operations known to be homeschool friendly exist. Many homeschoolers in the area have developed the reputation of a having a superb work ethic and are therefore well-received by locally-based businesses. Word of mouth is a powerful ally. Beyond this, nothing beats the yellow pages, a spiral notebook, a pen, a good introduction, an enthusiastic request to speak to the hiring manager, and a smiling voice, inquiring about “open positions within your organization.”
- Traditional teenage employment – Larger businesses, particularly fast-food chains, are known to be accomodating to the younger crowd. Visit www.snagajob.com for teens, and perform a zip code search for opportunities near you.
- Professional internship and apprenticeship – Network, network, network! Does your accountant demonstrate integrity when preparing your taxes? Ask them if they hire interns. Do you swear by your plumber’s ability to make everything right again? Pick his brain for apprenticeship opportunities within his company. Even if those in your personal circle can’t help you help your child find work, chances are they may have good recommendations.