My ten year old son doesn’t want to take an afternoon nap because he’s afraid he might be late for work. Yes, you read it correctly. My boy has a summer job and he takes it very seriously. Twice a week I bring him to NBA Café at the SM Aura Skypark where he proudly works as a junior attendant.
WORKING HARD FOR THE MONEY
He greets customers and ushers them to their seats . Mid-meal, M approaches the tables, introduces himself and gives the patrons feedback forms. When the people ask for their bill, he returns to collect the answered sheets. He tallies the ticks/comments and makes a chart. What a good way to make use of his math skills!
This s not the first time that M has had a summer job. Back when he was five years old, he worked in a fastfood chain. His Dad was the president of the company then and he thought it would be good to teach our firstborn ( and then only child) the value of hardwork . M would carry a Halo-Halo placard and would ring a bell to attract passersby. At the end of that particular summer, I brought him to the bank and we deposited his earnings.
EARNING INSTEAD OF ASKING
My boy has NEVER asked me for money for his personal use. When he needs money for school, he would show me the letter first and ask me to staple the bills to his notebook. I’m proud that he ‘s like that. When we are in the mall, he would just follow me around and patiently wait until I’m done shopping or doing the grocery. It would be on my initiative that we visit the toy store or the bookstore. He would look at things that interest him and then put the things back in the shelves. It’s as if he is embarrassed to ask or he is simply waiting for us to give him. I was hoping that my three year old daughter would grow up to be like Kuya , but no such luck there .
M has also been given the chance to appear in several advertisements. All his paychecks go straight to the bank.
TRAINING STARTS AT HOME
The husband and I come from middle class families and it is by sheer hardwork, ambition and determination that we have changed both our fates. We don’t want our children to go thorough the hardships we went through but if it comes to that we want them to be ready. Spoiled children are not allowed in the house.
M washes the dishes and takes care of his sister. He is not allowed to hold any gadget until he pactices the piano, swims laps in the pool and reads his Mommy –issued summer books.
NO TO IDLENESS, YES TO HAPPY PRODUCTIVITY
It is good to expose children to the real world . In my experience, encouraging a child to use his talents (while earning on the side) gives him a feeling of accomplishment. We can only raise responsible children if we trust them with some amount of responsibility. There is so much more that M has to learn but we are happy that (it seems) we have set him on the right path .