My first job was babysitting for my neighbor’s three kids, two and a half, four and five. I was eleven.
It wasn’t really babysitting. I played with the kids while their mother was keeping house. You know, laundry, dusting, mopping the kitchen floor and such. She was a housewife in a day before we had a name for stay-at-home moms. The moms mostly all stayed home.
It was summer so the kids and I played outside till lunch time. When we went in, I’d give them lunch and my job was finished. My neighbor paid me 50 cents an hour for a couple of hours of work a couple of days a week.
I learned responsibility, time management and how to have fun.
The kids looked up to me. I learned to respect myself and trust my decisions.
I just spent a week working closely with fourteen smart, creative, high energy teenagers. They mostly reported for work on time, stayed focused and worked well together. We all had fun.
The world will be in good hands when these kids are in charge.
Have a great and productive week!