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Employing your children...

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toni74 Thu 20-Feb-14 14:30:29

Has anyone offered regular part-time work to their children and if you did, how do you make it work successfully.

Stepson (17) has been working with their dad once a week for the last month, however doesn't seem to get in (really just in it for the money, which I get). However he has asked to be dropped home early and wants to know throughout when the day finishes (having been told the days hours beforehand).

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make this work successfully, as hus also has also had his ex-partner texting him, to ask when son is due home as they have plans etc (not ideal when you’re out working)…we did wonder if it was better to say find a part-time job with another and see how that goes (eg mum texting boss to ask when are you due home!!!).

Are you really strict or quite relaxed (because they are your children...for either of these)...

ajandjjmum Thu 20-Feb-14 14:37:54

Depends on the child - DS is very hardworking and interested when he is on site - his fault is wanting to know the ins and outs of everything - DD less so! They both know they are there until a job is finished properly, as that is the example they have been brought up with from both of us.

However, I would not employ my DC on a full-time basis, as they won't learn to stand on their own two feet, and it's unfair to other members of staff.

ajandjjmum Thu 20-Feb-14 14:39:06

And to answer your question blush stricter rather than lenient.

BrownSauceSandwich Sat 22-Feb-14 22:11:13

To be honest, it sounds a pain in the arse to me... I think his dad needs to give him a bit of a talking to, and notice to pull his socks up a bit. especially if it's more than just the two of them: if other staff see the boss's kid getting away with being lazy or unreliable, they'd be quite right to be pissed off.

Some parents are great at transitioning parent-->boss, others not so much. Some teenagers just "get" what's expected in a workplace, others don't. You might get away with one problem or the other, but where they coincide, it'd be best for everybody if the teenager worked for somebody else: teenager on best behaviour; employer uninhibited in their role.

For what it's worth, I tried working with my mum when I was a teenager... It was a complete waste of time... I was a lazy shit, and she decided it was going to be less trouble to hire somebody who actually wanted to be there. Imagine being fired by your own mother!

toni74 Mon 24-Feb-14 12:08:34

Brownsauce I'm in agreement with you on this one thank you wink

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