If children have a special desire that is not easily fulfilled, they also get the idea to finance it themselves. Even elementary school children hired at the grandma, sweep the yard and look forward to a Euro in addition to the pocket money. On the other hand, there is certainly nothing wrong with it and even children who comment on cleaning up the children's room at home with "Child labor is forbidden" are suddenly voluntarily moved by the prospect of pocket money.
When can children accept a part-time job?
The question is not only, when can you, but also, when are you allowed to? Of course, it is always about small activities that are age-appropriate and do not lead to any exhausting employment.
However, as children get older, they also want to take on a proper student job and then the question of what is allowed is really up to date.
- If children are not yet 13 years old, they are not allowed to work because the "Youth Protection Act" regulates that
- 13 or 14-year-olds may earn something with the permission of their parents, provided it is an easy job that does not adversely affect school performance
- By contrast, 15-18 adolescents are allowed to work up to 8 hours a day, but no heavy, dangerous or stressful activities in heat or noise
What children earn after 13 years, they do not have to pay tax, as long as the earnings do not exceed an amount of 450 Euro a month. However, parents should make sure that the "employer or client" duly secures them with the lump sum insurance.
Not only girls but also boys are very helpful at this age. They want to help older people do the shopping or go for a walk with them. Also taking care of smaller children or carrying out the newspapers is a frequently practiced activity for teens. Between 13 and 15 years they are allowed to do this for two hours a day, but only until the evening 18 clock.
What advantages does a side job have for children?
If children and adolescents make their first contacts with the world of work, that can have positive results.
Aside from the small pocket money they earn, they can also see what it's like to have a commitment to one another. And if there is money for that, they also learn how to work for it. This could be influential for the later handling of money.
Also, the responsibility they take on the job can be very instructive. Older children or teenagers may find out what professional interests they have through such a part-time or summer job. Children who learn to work also learn how important free time is.
Reasons that speak against a job
Of course it can also be a disadvantage if children pursue a side job. Parents should definitely intervene if children neglect the school or the family through the part-time job. If they can only be found where they work, this can also be an indication of a mismatch at home.
In any case, parents should stop the job if the child is physically exhausted and only hanging around tiredly or shows mental changes. Making money is also enjoyable for students, but not when the money leads to a change in consumer behavior.