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Summer Jobs for Kids

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If your child is looking for a summer job, here are some ideas to get them started. Pay rates are variable based on your location, the difficulty, and the length of time to complete each job.

1. Lawn Mowing

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Lawn mowing is a great job for children who like to be outdoors. Determine if your child will use your mower or the homeowner's mower. Mowing jobs could be one time while the homeowner is on vacation or for a whole summer if they find someone who can't or doesn't like to mow their own lawn.

2. Yard Work

If your child is too young to mow lawns, they may be able to help out with other yard work that homeowners need. Various tasks could include raking leaves, spreading mulch, or planting flowers.

3. Lifeguard

Lifeguarding can be a great summer job is your child likes to swim. Teens who get a job lifeguarding also get a chance to spend time outdoors at the beach or the pool.

4. Lemonade Stand

A lemonade stand is always a fun business adventure for kids. While it won't be a regular job, holding a lemonade sale once or twice during the summer could yield some extra spending money.

5. Babysitter

Babysitting is a popular summer job to explore when school is out. The Red Cross offers babysitters classes to prepare 11 to 15 year olds for babysitting.

6. Dog Walker

Dogs need to get out for exercise all year long, but in the summertime your kids will have extra time. Make sure that your child feels comfortable with the pet before they take them for a walk the first time.

7. Summer Camp Counselor

A camp counselor job offers a number of benefits with which you and your teen or college aged child may not be aware.

8. Kid's Car Wash

If you want to teach your child the value of hard work, and your child enjoys being outside in the sun, getting wet, and playing with the hose, encouraging your child to run a kid's car wash can be an excellent choice of summer jobs.

9. Summer Nanny

There are many summer nanny positions available. Many parents are on budgets, so they seek to hire younger people instead of expensive day care centers for the summer.
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