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Reader's question: 12 year old needs help

Last post Sun, Apr 11 2010 12:29 PM by Walt34. 7 replies.
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  • Wed, Mar 24 2010 11:43 AM

    • Pat
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    Reader's question: 12 year old needs help


    I'm almost 13, I'm a very serious dancer and I love horseback riding and I have a horse. I am very, very busy. I really need to earn some money for a third horseback riding lesson. But I have six ballet classes a week! I really don't wanna go do something that is like going to the top of the driveway and selling stuff. I need a real job that pays well. But I'm only 12! Please help me. I really want to take more horseback riding lessons! your answer will be very appreciated. THANKS A LOT!

    Any ideas?

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  • Wed, Mar 24 2010 11:58 AM In reply to

    Re: Reader's question: 12 year old needs help

    If there is a stable near her she can ask about cleaning stalls and taking care of the horses (brushing, feeding) in exchange for lessons. Just an idea, and maybe not one that a twelve year old girl would like, lol.
  • Wed, Mar 24 2010 12:24 PM In reply to

    Re: Reader's question: 12 year old needs help

    Offering to help clean stables and take care of the horses is an excellent idea!

    Another option would be to see if she can help out in the studio she uses for her dance lessons to reduce her fees, then take that savings to apply to more horseback riding.

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  • Fri, Mar 26 2010 3:01 PM In reply to

    • Toni B.
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    Re: Reader's question: 12 year old needs help

    mommatothree:
    Another option would be to see if she can help out in the studio she uses for her dance lessons to reduce her fees, then take that savings to apply to more horseback riding.
    I agree.
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  • Sat, Mar 27 2010 12:37 PM In reply to

    Re: Reader's question: 12 year old needs help

    I don't know how much money a thoughtful and well-written blog on horses for teens and pre-teens (and adults new to riding)  would bring in, but it's definitely worth a try and requires little or no investment of money. Can you market garage-sale goodies or teen status items to Amazon or eBay through your parents' account?   If you have good eyesight and can work on a ladder, washing windows for neighborhood businesses might get you some money.  If you can sit a horse, a ladder should be no trouble to you.  

  • Tue, Mar 30 2010 4:32 PM In reply to

    • slms899
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    Re: Reader's question: 12 year old needs help

    I would recommend, if you like little kids, getting your babysitting safety certificate (many hospitals/ymca's/churches offer the class) and advertise your availability to watch kids on the weekends/evenings. Given your schedule I would go to the Dollar Store and get a "check book" calendar to keep your classes, performances, and babysitting gigs in order. When I was your age I made enough money my first year baby sitting to afford a mini scooter for my 14th birthday ($3000) among other things I bought throughout the year.

  • Sat, Apr 10 2010 1:14 PM In reply to

    • manddmom
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    Re: Reader's question: 12 year old needs help

    If you are a responsible person, I would recommend pet sitting.  My daughter made a decent wage taking care of the neighbor's pets while they were out of town.  And, since she did such a good job, she was recomended to other neighbors helping her "business" grow!

  • Sun, Apr 11 2010 12:29 PM In reply to

    • Walt34
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    Re: Reader's question: 12 year old needs help

    At that age my gig was lawn mowing and snow shoveling.
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