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Jobs That Can Instill a Sense of Responsibility in Your Teen

Jobs That Can Instill a Sense of Responsibility in Your Teen

Posted: May 29, 2019

As a parent, one of your primary responsibilities is preparing your children to leave the nest and thrive out in the world on their own. There will never be enough time to teach them everything they need to know, and no matter how great a parent you are, they are going to make some mistakes along the way. Luckily there are plenty of things you can do as a parent to help them transition into responsible adulthood. One of the best things you can do is encourage your teen to work and have a job. Here are four jobs that can instill an extra sense of responsibility in your teen. 



While babysitting has traditionally been viewed as a girl's job, the reality is, both men and women are one day going to have children. Babysitting offers the opportunity for teens to be understand what it means to be responsible for someone other than themselves. Babysitting also often involves developing good negotiating skills both with the parents when it comes time to negotiate salary and hours, and with the children when the parents are away. 


Pet Sitting/Dog Walking

Not all teens may be responsible enough to be left alone with children and they may loathe babysitting. While there is nothing wrong with a teen having to do occasionally do something they don't enjoy, you also don't necessarily want to teach them to dread work either. If you have a teen that loves animals, this might be just the job for them. It teaches the same caring principles as babysitting and also offers the balance of working through another’s schedule of feeding, exercise, and sleep.


House Sitting

While this is one for teens that already have a fair bit of responsibility, house sitting can be a great way to learn to take care of the property of others, enjoy a little freedom, and make some cold, hard cash in the process. They might have to learn a few simple repairs as well as house maintenance tricks.


Mowing Lawns/Yard Work

If your teen isn't as good with kids or pets, they might do better at solitary tasks like yard work or other outdoor endeavors. Even mowing lawns and doing yard work for others teaches them to deal with clients and other important business skills. Caring for their equipment is also an important part of the responsibilities this job entails. If they don't like the idea of being in business for themselves, they might try getting a job for a lawn care company or related service like pest control. According to Pro Force, here there are also opportunities for other aspects of running a company like summer sales, customer management skills, as well as home and property maintenance.


Community Outreach

Some jobs can help teens learn the value of self-reliance and responsibility as well as community development. Maybe they read story time in the local library, volunteer to tutor younger students at school, or assist in local recreational fitness classes. Excellence martial arts say physical activities can help teens master focus and self-control while also improving self-esteem. Helping others reach their goals is a great way to inspire teamwork, leadership, and other valuable skills in your teen.


Regardless of what kind of job your teen eventually lands, just having work experience will develop a certain level of responsibility in them. In addition to having to carefully plan and schedule their time, it can also be an excellent opportunity to teach them about budgeting, saving, and possibly even paying bills.