When children have a very special wish that cannot be easily fulfilled, they come up with the idea of financing it themselves. Even elementary school children hire their grandmother, sweep the yard and are happy about one euro in addition to their pocket money.
When can children accept a part-time job?
There is certainly nothing wrong with that and even children who comment on tidying up the children's room at home with “child labor is prohibited” suddenly move voluntarily with the prospect of pocket money.
The question is not only when can they, but also when can they? Of course, it's always about small activities that are age-appropriate and do not result in any strenuous occupation. However, when children get older they want to take a real student job and then the question of what is allowed is really topical.
- 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?
When children and young people make their first contact with the world of work, this can definitely have positive results. Aside from the little pocket money that they earn with it, they can also find out what it is like to have an obligation to another.
And if there is money for it, they also learn how to work for it. That could be formative for the later handling of money. The responsibility they take on with the job can also be very instructive. Older children or young people may find out what professional interests they have through a part-time job or summer job. Children who 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 just hangs around tired or shows psychological changes. Earning money is also pleasant for schoolchildren, but not if the money leads to a change in consumer behavior.
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