difficult child got a job!

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by Nancy, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. Nancy

    Nancy Well-Known Member Staff Member

    She started yesterday at the Shake Shop, an ice cream store that also serves grilled food. It's in the center of town right across from the police and fire station and the whole community goes there in the summer after baseball games or other activities.

    It just reopened last week for the season and husband brought her up to get an application last Saturday. I took her after school Monday to turn it in and they hired her on the spot, the owner happened to be in and liked her I guess.

    Funny she will probably see the detective and several police officers that know her since they all come in there. Last week her gym class took a trip to the police station to watch the officers shoot because they were learning gun safety. As they walked in the juvenile detective held the door for them and as each one came in her said "I don't know you, I don't know you" and as difficult child walked in he said "Oh I know you, how are you? It's nice to see you." I think difficult child got a kick out of it.

    First day went good she said, she works again today at 5. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she does well and keeps the job. The more things I can get her involved in to keep her busy the better likely she is to stay out of trouble.

  2. Alisonlg

    Alisonlg New Member

    Sounds great! Hopefully it's just one more positive thing in her life to keep her on the right track.

    Keep us posted on how it goes!
  3. oceans

    oceans New Member

    That is wonderful! I hope the job continues to go well for her!
  4. kris

    kris New Member

    <span style='font-size: 14pt'> <span style='font-family: Georgia'> <span style="color: #333399"> great news, nancy!!! hope she continues to enjoy the job.

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  5. tryingtocope

    tryingtocope New Member

    Nancy, that is great! I hope that your difficult child continues to do well at her new job.
  6. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Wonderful! Congrats to difficult child!!!

    My difficult child submitted her first application Wednesday night. I am really hoping for her sake she gets it.
  7. house of cards

    house of cards New Member

    Nice positive news, I hope it helps her learn more responsiblity and higher self esteem, way to go difficult child.
  8. 'Chelle

    'Chelle Active Member

    Congrats to your difficult child. Hope she enjoys the job and continues to do well. :thumbsup:
  9. Stella Johnson

    Stella Johnson Active Member

    That's great! I agree, keep her busy and out of trouble.

  10. Janna

    Janna New Member

    You know, Nancy, I was just pondering this myself.

    My own difficult child 2, at the previous foster, couldn't work, join basketball or do anything else until his behaviors improved (which they never did).

    Then he moves to the new foster home, he's working now, playing on the basketball team (finally) and you know, he's doing great!

    You'd think longer leash = more freedom = more trouble, but I don't know. This all seems to be good for him.

    Maybe the case for yours too. I'm glad she's working. She's made incredible progress. Hope it continues.

  11. Nancy

    Nancy Well-Known Member Staff Member

    You know Janna last year I never would have let difficult child get a job. She would have given free ice cream to her friends, been late for work or never showed, used the money she made for anything but good, left work at the end of her shift and gone off with her friends doing who knows what, been fired in very short order.

    I was just thinking about this too. I would have been terrified to let difficult child work at the Shake Shop last year. The temptation for her to go off with her thug friends would have been too much. But this year she is much more mature and I think it's good that she will learn that money is hard earned.

  12. rejectedmom

    rejectedmom New Member

    That is great news Nancy!!!! I truly hope this is the beginning of more good things to come. :bravo: -RM
  13. LittleDudesMom

    LittleDudesMom Well-Known Member Staff Member


    a job is a great thing. My daughter actually started her own business at 11 (babysitting at the pool for two hour intervals) and has been doing something ever since. Summer before last she worked at the pool and nannied for three girls for a month so she could buy a laptop. She has been working at our gym two nights a week since last summer and just bought a really expensive Nikon digital camera. She puts that check in the bank and saves it for something big. Plus, it keeps her responsible I think.

    Congrats to difficult child! Her right arm will get a great workout. I scooped one summer and had a powerful muscle build in my right arm!

  14. guest3

    guest3 Guest

    I wish difficult child II wanted a job, he's failing school I wish he'd at least work, but that would require work, LOL
  15. Kathy813

    Kathy813 Well-Known Member Staff Member


    It is utterly amazing how far your difficult child has come in the last year. Good for her!!!

  16. timer lady

    timer lady Queen of Hearts

    :bravo: difficult child!

    Nancy there is some maturity popping in here. It's so good to hear positives in your difficult children life.

    Thanks for sharing this - gives me a bit of hope. :flower:
  17. Nancy

    Nancy Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Thanks everyone. She just got back from her second day of work and she said they told her that she has caught on faster than most everyone else. She says she loves it, has messed up a couple things like forgetting the nuts on a banana split, but all in all she is doing well.

    It's absolutely amazing to me the change in her over the past year. This is beyond what I ever hoped for.

  18. smallworld

    smallworld Moderator

    Nancy, you must be so proud of your difficult child. May the good days continue!
  19. Loris

    Loris New Member

    I'm so thrilled for both of you. She really has come a long way!
  20. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Chiming in late with my congratulations (I've been out of town). Glad she is doing so well. :angel: