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Old 05-16-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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Summer job replacement for college teen

A friend has a teenage son coming home from college who hasn't (bothered to find?) found a job for the summer. She's wondering what to do with him, so I suggested 40 hours a week of manual labor/chores/housework/volunteerwork in addition to whatever chores are normal at home. Sounds like he really hasn't ever had much for chores, and so she was at a complete blank for ideas of things to have him do. They specifically live in a suburban house, pets but no extremely younger siblings, but I think compiling a full list appropriate for farm kids through city kids could be helpful as mamas here are looking for ways to keep their older kids out of trouble as well as productive and learning life skills and a good work ethic. What are your ways?

TIA, I plan to steal this list for when my LO gets bigger.

Here's what I could come up with (the nice indented formatting I put it isn't showing up, sorry it's less legible than I was hoping):
1. Chores at home
a. Interior
i. Food
1. Prepare the meal plan
2. Grocery shop
3. Cook all the meals
ii. Clean
1. Dishes
2. Laundry
3. Bathroom scrubbing
4. Cat boxes, dog run, etc
5. Daily bath supervision of younger siblings
iii. Sew
1. Repair clothes
2. Make clothes
iv. Woodwork
1. Make or repair birdhouses and bird feeders, plant trellises
2. Make or repair something more complicated
3. Refinish wood trim or furniture
v. Decorate
1. Paint
2. Hang wallpaper
vi. Make gifts
1. Sew
2. Woodwork
3. Bake
4. Cook
b. Exterior
i. Prune trees
ii. Remove brush
iii. Remove invasive species or other unwanted plants
iv. Pick up sticks, mow, rake
v. Make a new flower or vegetable garden Mom’s always wanted
vi. Plant and maintain (weed, water, mulch) a flower garden
vii. Plant and maintain (weed, water, mulch) a vegetable garden
viii. Plant new trees
ix. Car – wash, wax, vacuum. Change oil.
x. Maintain lawnmower (clean blade bed and re-oil, change oil)
xi. Scrape and repaint or stain the house, shed, fences
xii. Install fences
xiii. Install a playset for younger children
xiv. Clean gutters
xv. Reshingle shed
xvi. Shovel snow
2. Chores away from home
a. Volunteer
i. Library (check in and shelve/reshelve books, read to kids, teach computer skills)
ii. Pet shelter
iii. Summer student tutoring, mentoring, boys & girls clubs, YMCA, classroom helper
iv. Races/events/fundraisers
v. Local nature centers, summer nature programs
vi. Museums (science, children’s or other)
vii. Local parks (zoo animals, invasive species removal days, brush clean up post-storms)
viii. Meals on wheels, soup kitchens. Help the elderly or disabled grocery shop
ix. Thrift stores
x. Nursing/senior homes (desk, provide music, visit)
xi. Medical centers
xii. Ronald McDonald house, other medical recovery charity houses
xiii. Habitat for Humanity
xiv. Food bank
xv. Theater, art center
xvi. Make blankets or hats or clothes for premature babies, sick kids
xvii. Do an “Eagle project” type of undertaking for the community
xviii. Church
xix. Community gardens or nonprofits’ flower bed maintenance
xx. Food coop
xxi. Help create or update websites for any nonprofit
b. Visit with elderly family friends
c. Help elderly family friends with any chores they can’t complete
d. Help others move
e. Child care for family friends or neighbors
3. Other source ideas
a. United Way
b. VolunteerMatch
c. Search the web for “volunteer (city state)”

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Old 05-16-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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Wow that list is super detailed.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:42 PM   #3
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Wow. That seems like a lot. My kids do a lot around here but no where near that.

I would just tell him to get a real job. Ice cream store, local tourism places etc. summer jobs are easy for college kids to find.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:52 PM   #4
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Re: Summer job replacement for college teen

I would be making his butt get a JOB. Forget manual labor around the house, go out and get your own life kid!

How are his bills-like car insurance, gas, etc- all getting paid if he doesn't have a job?
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One look at that list and I bet he'll find a job quick ;-)
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:33 PM   #6
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I would tell him to get a job. After looking at that list, I rather have one.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:24 AM   #7
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I don't think I do that much in my house. Honestly I think it's ridiculous to make a list for a college kid. They are an adult. You can just ask them for help. Granted I worked 18 hour days in the summer while I was in college( and still helped around the house) but I would be insulted if my parents gave me a list of chores like I was a little kid, especially if its a list as detailed as that.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:10 AM   #8
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I think OP's intent was to make an all-inclusive list of things a child/teen COULD do. Not for that one specific kid. For anyone looking for ideas.

I do agree with PP though, for a college kid, I'd just say, 'listen, help around the house. Do a few projects each week.'
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:32 AM   #9
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Re: Summer job replacement for college teen

OP, I think your list is great (guess I am in the minority here). If the "child" isn't used to helping with chores, just to say "help around the house" won't cut it. I teach my children this type of thing on a daily basis. When I teach them how to clean the bathroom, I show them in detail otherwise they won't know what is expected. Same goes for anyone new on a job, you wouldn't expect an employer to just say "go to work" usually there is some on the job training involved. In this situation it sounds like detailed it the way to go.

I have neighbor kids who were never taught or had chores. Now in their 20's, they don't know how to work, they start something and never finish, they don't know what would be involved in living on their own and still live at home. Mom and dad expected to bail them out, cook, clean, do their laundry, pay most of their bills (cell phone and car are all they pay) etc. They have jobs but other than that, they have NO responsibilities.

I have seen it also in my brothers, when they lived at home. My mom would say, I'd like you to help around the house. Unless they were given specific instructions, they wouldn't help or they would do very little. They liked their games and that is what took most of their time. They loafed and now being married, they do better but they still don't do what they should to take care of a home. (My one brother even hired my dad because he was to lazy to mow his postage stamp sized lawn)

Many of the tasks above are vital in keeping a house or helping someone else. While they might not be done all the time, they are worthwhile skills to have. I can't say I have had to do ALL of the above, but at one time or another, I have had to do much of what was on the OP's list.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:18 PM   #10
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Wow. That seems like a lot. My kids do a lot around here but no where near that.

I would just tell him to get a real job. Ice cream store, local tourism places etc. summer jobs are easy for college kids to find.
He may have missed the boat on finding a serious internship or being a camp counselor or something, but if he wants to earn some money making sandwiches at Subway, then I really think he can find a job very quickly when he gets home just by going around town and asking. I'd have him get a job.

Most of the list are things I can't/don't do. I don't forsee installing a fence or hanging wallpaper myself ever. Nor do I want to supervise my teenage son doing those things; it seems like a major hassle.

Sorry, not trying to be a negative nelly. He should be expected to clean up after himself, do some helpful things around the house as needed, maybe he can cook dinner for the family one night per week, etc.
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