So Jet-Set Tot & Jet-Set BFF landed their first paying job. They’ve been selected to participate in a local market research focus group for children’s toys and it’s a considerable amount of money for a six-year-old to earn for less than one hour of work, so I’ve been trying to speak to her on a more mature level regarding the responsibilities of the work world. Hopefully, through this opportunity, we can pave the foundations of her understanding the concept of making money, saving her earnings, basic work ethic, and the responsibilities of a ‘job’ and not just playtime.
Sure for just about 4o-minutes she’ll be tinkering with dolls and answering questions, but it is still marketing. One day she may study this in college. Or maybe she won’t, but she needs to wrap that little head around the fact that this is not her allowance, this is a paying gig. Someone else is boss, making the rules, and she’s being compensated (very generously,) for her time. Once she receives her salary, the money needs to go into the bank for safe keeping until it is determined how it is used. Now we are in search of kids bank account options. Any suggestions? What types have you used that are specifically designed with children in mind?
She understands she’s been picked for this position because she was a match based on the criteria they were looking for: age, gender, interests. Similar to a resume, right? She also knows she must show up with a good attitude, on time, and listen to instructions or she will not be compensated. Check! I keep reiterating the word: professional. Now what happens on that other side of the two-way mirror is all up to her.
Most of all, I believe that children learn and form their opinions based on example especially from their parents, so I made sure every part was fun and exciting. I want her to remember her first job as an enjoyable experience, and that there is a whole world out there and she can become and do whatever she wants. Most importantly, I want her to discover and follow her calling, because if we do what we love – the money will follow.
I’m thrilled to say both girls did FANTASTIC! She had a great time, loved that her ‘hard’ work earned her money and had a great time doing it with a friend, so what more can you ask for?
Nicole Standley a.k.a. Jet-Set Mom, is a social influencer + lifestylist covering luxury travel, fine-dining, fashion & pop culture for The Trend Tribe. Contributor for CBS LA, Lucky Magazine, Burke Williams Spa & Moonfrye.com, follow her latest travels and escapades on Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.