Do you keep a journal – or wish you could get one started? Literary Mama wants to help.
Three times a month, I’ll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook and write for 10 minutes. Don’t worry about grammar or punctuation – just write. Then let the writing simmer and your mind wander for awhile.
Most of my mom friends have teenagers and, like me, want their children to be as active as possible during the summer months when schedules aren’t dictated by the school calendar.
We encourage our kids to find a job, to attend a camp, and to volunteer but acknowledge that a summer job often requires an ongoing commitment during the school year, that camps are expensive, and that organizations need only so many volunteers on a given day. We wonder which activities will be the most helpful on a college application form, worry about teaching kids the value of a dollar if they don’t have a job, and weigh the competitive nature of the real world against the carefree, easy-going days of childhood.
Suzanna de Baca, vice president of wealth strategies at Ameriprise Financial, and her friends had some of the same discussions but in this article, she added three more questions to the mix: “Why do I want my teen to get a job?” What does he/she need or want?” and “Is my child ready for a job?”
Journal Entry: Write about your first summer job. Describe the setting, the boss, and the particular activities you did. What did you like and dislike about it? What skills or work philosophies did you take away from the experience? Now, write about the summer employment expectations you have for your child. At what age will you expect your child to get a job? Will he/she work during the school year? Why or why not?