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Growing Up

19 September 2017

Work Uniform

Hi everyone!

Life doesn’t seem to stop around here.

Whether we like it or not, it’s just bam bam bam, milestone after milestone. We can’t seem to slow things down. Our kids just keep growing up! Anyway, it’s all good. We’ve had lots of great stuff happen to our little family. One of the biggest things for me, is this.

My oldest boy (yes, my first born son!) is now 14.5 years old and last week, he started his very first job.

He’s working at a cafe and he’s earning about $11 per hour.

He’s starting at the bottom; clearing tables, wiping bench tops, washing dishes and organising the drinks fridge.

He is absolutely loving the challenge, meeting new people, being in a new environment, having a bit of independence and earning money.

But it’s completely FREAKING ME OUT!

I feel so old. I’m a mum of a teenager, who goes to work?!?

I feel so nervous that my child is going out into the world. Hanging around other adults and older teenagers. Interacting with complete strangers.

I feel so unsure, because I never had a job when I was 14. (I was about 19 when I had my first job.)

I don’t know if this is a good idea or not? He’s going to be working for the rest of his life. Does he really need to start at 14?

I guess in the end, we decided that even though he is a really bright and well-rounded kid (good at school, very sporty, lots of friends, fun/happy personality) he, like most teenagers these days, still preferred to spend their spare time playing computer games and watching youtube haha.

He needed a hobby and going to work was an excellent hobby!

We’re making him do all the hard stuff himself, like applying for a Tax File Number, emailing his boss, checking his roster, managing his own schedule, setting up his bank account, checking his pay slips… all good life skills!

I guess I am proud and excited — but equally freaked out!!