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Beyond Babysitting: Super Summer Jobs For Teens

When you want to earn a bit of extra cash, babysitting will do just fine. If you’ve got family, friends or neighbors with small kids, it’s more than likely they will recruit you to babysit for them every once in a while – if you’re open and willing to do it. But what if you’ve got your sights set on a more permanent type of job this summer? If watching your nieces and nephews or the toddler next door isn’t quite what you had in mind, here’s our list of the coolest summer jobs out there for teens.

Camp Counselor

This may seem kind of like babysitting to you, but we assure you that it’s much more fun than that! Whether you choose to work at a day camp in your city or to be counselor at a sleep-away camp, this is a cool job that will expose you to tons of summer activities and help you make a new group of friends, i.e., the other counselors you’ll be working with.

The best way to find a job as a camp counselor is to inquire about openings at any camp that you went to when you were younger. Lots of camps like to hire teens that are already familiar with the campsite, activity and routines. And, if you have any special skills, like life-guarding experience, or are particularly talented in drama, arts and crafts, etc., you should mention that with your application. If there aren’t any openings for counselors, there may be openings for special types of instructors, life guards, etc.

In terms of day camps, check out your local community center or rec center. Many of these offer day camp programs to kids, and parents love to sign their children up because they have to work over the kids’ summer vacation. Day camps are fun because they often involve doing a new activity or going to a new location each day. It’s a great way to keep yourself busy, have fun and make some extra money this summer.

Life Guard

What could be better than laying by the pool all summer? Of course, there’s far more to being a life guard than that. Watching over swimmers and possibly having to help them should an emergency happen is serious business. That’s why this isn’t a job for just anyone.

If you want to be a life guard this summer you do need to have the right training and certification to do so. Life guards all over the country and the world need to be certified to watch over swimming pools, lakes and beaches. If you have your certification, you may want to visit some local pools and, if your town or city has them, beaches to ask about possible openings for jobs.

If the beaches you go to are still deserted and you want to find out if there are any jobs available, try looking in your phone book and finding the right city department number. Often, swimming pools and beaches are managed by the parks and recreation department of the city or town you live in. You could also try to look the department up on the Internet.

Dog Walker

This one, obviously, is best left to all the animal lovers out there. If you’re not cool or comfortable with dogs – big or small – and don’t particularly enjoy being around them, taking care of them or (especially important) cleaning up after them, then this is a job you’ll most likely want to pass up.

Dog walking can be really fun – just make sure you don’t get in over your head and take on too many clients at a time. You may think you’ll be OK handling more than one or two dogs at a time, but you never really know what can happen when you get a group of them together. Also, some owners may prefer that you walk their dog alone instead of in a group.

To promote yourself and your dog walking business, try putting up flyer around your neighborhood or asking dog owners you know if they’d be interested in having you walk their dog. Once you get a few clients, you’ll want to stay super organized and make sure you write down all the information you need about every dog (and his or her owner) that you walk. There will be lots of specific instructions given to you by owners, so keep a notebook or a day planner that you use exclusively for your business.

Car/Dog Wash

Washing cars or even dogs can not only be a way to cool off from the summer heat, but also a great method of making money! You don’t need much equipment to wash either cars or dogs, but there is one element that will be key in making your business successful – location, location, location!

Setting up in front of your house may not work out so well if you live on a really quiet street. You may want to post flyers around your neighborhood or town offering to go to people’s homes to wash their cars or dogs. You could even try contacting a local gas or service station and ask if they’d be willing to let you set up on their property. In return, you should give them a share of your profits.

Retail & Food Service

If you’re old enough (14 is usually the very youngest age business and store owners will hire) and feel you are ready to get your first “real” job this summer at a store or a restaurant, you’ll have to get ready to hit the pavement and start promoting yourself.

The first thing you need to do is create a resume for yourself. You should include your name and contact information on the resume, as well as any previous work experience you’ve had. If that only includes odd jobs like babysitting or a newspaper route, that’s fine – you should include those on your resume to show that you have already started working in some capacity and are ready and willing to take on a bit more responsibility now.

Once you’ve got your resume ready, you can perform job searches on the Internet. The problem with this is that many retailers and restaurants don’t really need to post openings online. You may find there’s not much on the web that suits the type of first job you’re looking for.

So, if you’re old enough to do this on your own and have asked your parents for permission print out a stack of resumes and head out to look for your first job. Be sure to dress appropriately and to use your best manners when you go into a store or restaurant to inquire about any summer openings they may have.

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PuppyLover242
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"StarrChild" wrote: Two years ago my parents broke up. I was never really the same after that point. My mother she began to just not care about anything. She would go out clubbing every Friday and would yell at me for my attitude towards it. Why would I be okay with her doing that??? I didn't really realise it but I began feeling kind of depressed. Of course we didn't fight all the time but when we did I would always end up crying alone in my room. And it would be really painful. One time I cried every night for a week because of her. A week ago, I felt really sick at school so I went to the sick bay but my Mum refused to believe I was sick. She thought I was lying and being over dramatic as usual. I felt really horrible after that, that the teacher sent me to the guidance councellor and almost immediately I burst into tears. I didn't even know why I did but the councellor did a little test on me and came to the conclusion I was slightly depressed and had anxiety. It wasn't really surprising but hearing it out loud just felt really weird. Even after knowing that fact my mother doesn't really act any different. She's not a bad person I swear but she can just be really horrible at times. Anyways, that's technically whats been happening in my life lol. Nothing really interesting Oh dear, that sounds like a dreadful situation. I've lived through similar difficulties in my own life, and my heart goes out to you, truly. May I offer you some advice? I don't have the cure to your problems or a magic wand that can make them disappear, but I do believe that some good can come out of your living situation. The first thing I'd like to make note of, is that everyone makes mistakes. As human beings, we have to make mistakes. There's no way around it; it's how we learn and grow. And as we get older, we don't stop making mistakes. Your parents are no exception. Although we look to our parents for guidance, and direction, and support, we have to understand that they aren't perfect people, and they make mistakes. They may not always lead us in the right direction. They may not always set a good example. They may not always be there for us, to encourage us and support us when we need them most. And that's okay. Everyone makes mistakes, and we have to accept that. But we can't let allow other people's mistakes to hurt us, my dear. And I know it hurts. Your mum might not understand how her actions make you feel. You said you haven't been the same since your parents divorced, and I know how challenging that can be to go through. But you know, some of the brightest, wisest, and happiest people I've met, are people who have dealt with difficult problems in their lives, and used them to grow as people. You can let your parents' mistakes get to you, and make you upset and depressed; or, you can accept that they aren't perfect people, accept that they make mistakes, and accept that their mistakes don't have anything to do with you. So here's what you do, friend: you can't stop your mum from going clubbing, and that's okay. Don't try to. Don't fight with her about it. You can let her know how it makes you feel, but don't get into an argument. Accept the situation for what it is. Your mother is her own person, and she is accountable for what she does; you aren't. Next time you start to get in a fight or an argument with her, just step back, and withdraw yourself. Try it, see what happens. Once you decide not to let other peoples' failings affect you--and you do have the power to do this--then you'll find a sense of peace you probably haven't felt before. And you'll learn from your mistakes, and the mistakes of your parents, and everyone around you, and you'll be a better person. Press on.
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my ex is going through the same thing. Call the police now. Things will get out of hand. My brothers friend has been living with us for about 2 weeks becuz his dad punched him in the face. Call 911 now. They will help you. Just say you have been abused by your family member and they will take it from there. If you want, add me and we can talk
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If you are getting abused to the point where you bleed, call the police immediately. This isn't acceptable behavior.
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