Age-Appropriate Jobs for 9-Year-Olds

They're not quite tweens yet, but most 9-year-olds fall somewhere in between "little kid" and "big kid" status. They love doing small jobs and tasks to show they're old enough to handle having responsibilities but aren't quite ready to be unsupervised. 

For 9-year-olds who want to earn some money, there are plenty of tasks and helper jobs that are age-appropriate and will give them that "big kid" feeling they crave. Here are some jobs for 9-year-olds that can help teach responsibility and earn their allowance.

Yard Work

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A 9-year-old is probably too young to be expected to use a lawnmower safely, but they can definitely learn their way around a rake. Cleaning up grass clippings or leaves are good tasks for 9-year-olds, and they can learn how to use a garden hose to clean a deck or water flowers. More

Parent's Helper

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A 9-year-old is too young to babysit but can act as a parent's helper, minding a younger child while mom balances the budget or dad does the laundry. This is a great way to introduce the concept of babysitting, so they feel more confident about taking care of a younger child when they're old enough to do so unsupervised.

Dog Walker

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Not every 9-year old is suited for dog walking, but if you have a family pet, you might start by observing how the child handles the responsibility. This is something that would need some degree of adult supervision for a child this young but could be a good way for them to learn about how schedules are important (the dog doesn't care if you don't feel like walking him!) and the responsibility of taking care of a pet. More

House or Pet Sitter Assistant

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House sitting and pet sitting are suitable for slightly older children to do solo, but a 9-year-old will likely need some help. You can suggest they act as an assistant when you or an older sibling stop by a neighbor's house to feed pets or collect mail when the neighbor is out of town. Giving the child a specific task, such as watering plants, will give them a feeling of responsibility. More

Family Business

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Not every family owns their own business, but if you do, this is a perfect place for your 9-year-old to learn. They can help with small tasks like filing things alphabetically, stamping letters, and putting away supplies.

Just don't expect to bring your child to your workplace if you're not going to be able to supervise personally. It's not a great idea to treat the family business like a babysitting service. 

If your "family business" is the family household, consider setting your child up with extra chores and call them jobs. More

Lemonade Stand

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Though not a traditional helper job per se, a lemonade stand is always a fun business adventure for kids. Obviously, this is a seasonal activity, but making the lemonade, setting up a table and making a sign are definitely tasks a 9-year-old can handle. They'll learn about customer service, and how to count change, both skills that will serve them well in any job they may have in the future. 

An adult should be nearby to supervise, and your child's lemonade stand should be on a quiet street within view of your house. Set a time limit for "hours of operation" so your 9-year-old doesn't get tired or discouraged if sales aren't going well.

Before setting up a full-scale lemonade stand, be sure you know about any licensing issues you may face. Some municipalities come down hard on unlicensed businesses, even when they're staffed by children. More