How to Get a Job For Kids

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My kids are always looking for ways to make money. My son, in particular, seems to have the entrepreneurial bug. When he was eight, he heard that my mom did not know how to draw. He promptly put together (wrote instructions and illustrated) two how to draw books…and then took them to her house and sold them to her.

I was excited when I heard that this month’s Poppins Book Nook theme was going to be “When I Grow Up.” Until I started talking to my kids about what they wanted to be at this point in their lives and realized this was going to be a challenge.

They are all over the board with what they want to be. And I couldn’t seem to find books for (currently) aspiring weapons designers and bloggers. So I am kind of excited to see what the other co-hosts come up with. You can see their posts in the linky at the bottom of this post.

When I was searching for books, I was having no luck finding anything that would work for us. And then a book on the library shelf caught my eye. It was perfect in so many ways.

How to Get a Job by ME THE BOSS is written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Sue Heap. This book is so much fun. The illustrations are great and the story is funny.

Told from the perspective of a young girl, also known as THE BOSS, the book covers many different job options. The story also covers what a job is and what it isn’t, which is quite silly. It’s a fun read.

Activity for How to Get a Job by ME THE BOSS

Since my kids are budding entrepreneurs, our activity involved a lot of creative dreaming and then some real life application plans. Can you guess where I’m heading?

We are planning a business. For my kids, we are planning long-term. We have married their interests in creating things with what we hope is a more marketable product than a previous attempt. Is that too vague? Well, I don’t want to give my kids’ business plan away so instead I will give you a few ideas on how you can encourage a good work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit in your kids.

  • Talk with your kids about the logistics of work. Chances are, they already have an idea of the basics of working for someone else. Talk about the pros and cons of working for someone else, then talk about the pros/cons of working for yourself.
  • Help your kids explore different ways of doing their current career aspiration. For example, if they want to be a “cook,” there are a lot of options available: working as a chef in someone else’s restaurant, working as a chef in their own restaurant, working and/or owning a catering business, or personal chef.
  • When you give your kids a job to do, teach them how to do it thoroughly and expect them to get it right. Now, there is room for grace here. For example, I do not expect my two year old to fold all of his laundry correctly, but I do expect that from my 11 year old.
  • Talk about what would make a good entrepreneur, what is needed to be a good employee, and what makes a good boss. No one is likely to be a best fit for all three. If your child has no interest in being an entrepreneur, there is nothing wrong with that.

Can you tell I am a big advocate for talking with your kids? It is a great way to get to know them and help them look at things from a different perspective occasionally.

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Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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About Vicki Arnold

Vicki Arnold is a happily married, homeschooling mama of four great kids. She's a big fan of books, reading, and libraries. It was this life-long passion that led to the creation of The Library Adventure. She also blogs at Simply Vicki about books, homeschooling, gardening, and hopes to encourage other Christian women in their walk with Christ. You can learn more about Vicki on her about page.


  1. That does sound like a cute book. I’m taking a glance at it right now.

  2. Nicole Cain says:

    A teacher!

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