with Talyaa Liera
I'm Talyaa, the poster child for the concept that there's no one right way to be a parent. I went from stay-at-home attachment-parenting mom of four to being the non-custodial parent, working as a professional writer and channel-psychic. Let's talk about throwing away the parenting manual and exploding the myths and mystique of motherhood!
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My daughter Serena, 11, needs a job this summer. Or maybe next year. Her older brother Nathaniel is heading off for a year in France and she will miss him terribly, so I am conspiring now to help make her life awesome instead of lonely while he is away.
I already suggested she get a kitten. But a kitten will only go so far and won’t pay her any money. She needs something more, something Super Awesome, something that will capitalize on the sense of responsibility she is building this year as a top-of-the-elementary-school 5th grader.
Yes, my kid needs a job*. But what?
Please, oh please, don’t say babysitting. Is that all there is? Serena already spends a lot of time with her little brother. She’s good at it and he dotes on her, but aren’t there options for tween girls who are much too young to drive and who live in a detached neighborhood in semi-rural suburbia where it’s a 20-minute drive to anywhere and where there is no one there to drive her? (much like the zen koan of the sound of a tree falling in the forest where there is no one there to hear…)
[Back to babysitting. I know I am judgy about it. It never appealed to me and I avoided it as a teen (I had a lame weekly paper route instead). So please help and regale me with your I Heart Babysitting stories, or feel free to convince me why it's an awesome option for Serena. Because it could be and I am just not seeing it.]
Lawnmower? Car washer? Dog walker? Pop star? Bershon model? Paint the fence, wax on wax off? What tween jobs have emerged from our nascent 21st century? Nathaniel scored a great job at an organic orchard when he was 10 and has worked every there autumn since then. (Lucky. He brings home apples and wads of cash.) A friend’s daughter, 14, just got a job helping a blind man around his house. Win!
What awesome and creative job did you have as a kid? What jobs do your own kids have? Have things changed much?
*I know she’s young and still needs to be a kid. I figure she can start slowly.
[photo: Taran Rampersad]
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