Youth Summer Jobs Now!
Next year, when my daughter turns 8, I’m going to get her a job parking cars. I won’t ask her to get behind the wheel and back into spots (yet) like valet parking attendants, but instead wave cars into the family lot, point out vacant spaces, and take $20 from each driver.
I used to think she was too young for this, but on a recent trip to Hull, MA, I found a parent who doesn’t baby his kids the way I coddle mine. Stuck in a nasty beach-traffic snarl, I peeled off down a side street and was surprised to find a young lass no taller nor much older than my own, getting valuable work experience taking crisp $20 bills from people desperate to get out of their cars and onto the beach. She even expertly directed cars into available parking spots. (Um... where are Mom and Dad, little one?)
Meanwhile, my daughter is spending her summer days with her nose in a book or running around in sprinklers and drinking lemonade. When I ask how her college fund is doing, she gives me a blank stare or just rolls her eyes. Imagine all the compound appreciation my daughter is losing while the 2nd-grade Hull parking attend-ette is raking it in. The charade ends now.
All I need to do at this point is pave our yard, paint a few lines, and put up no parking signs all over my neighborhood to create demand. (It would also help to have a beach nearby).