Join Australia's most dynamic and respected property investment community

It's 8:30pm and I am still in the office because of my 10 yr Old Son

Discussion in 'Living Room' started by RPI, 9th Jul, 2015.

  1. RPI

    RPI Property Lawyer, Town Planner Business Member

    Joined:
    19th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    712
    Location:
    Brisbane
    On the School holidays I "employ" my 2 oldest boys (12 and 10) to come in and scan and archive all our completed files. This is done during term time by my admin staff but the school holidays allow us to clear the backlog.

    So the second week is my 10 year old's turn.

    He had the morning off to go on an outing with my wife and the other kids and they ended up not getting back to work until 1:30pm. He then asked if I could stay back working in the office tonight because he only had a short day and didn't get enough done. Currently singing away to himself at the scanner and still wants to stay because he hasn't finished the 11 A4 folder brief to counsel he is currently putting through (as in 11 of the largest folders you can get from a large case we just one).

    Definitely don't think there is going to be any work ethic issues with this one.

    Both boys often do 9 or 10 hour days during the holidays anyway and are happy but this one normally goes to bed at 8pm.
     
    The Falcon, willair, freyja and 4 others like this.
  2. Lizzie

    Lizzie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    9th Jul, 2015
    Posts:
    835
    Location:
    Hunter Valley
    hahaha - don't be worried - my 12 year old loves the $15/hr payrate for labeling product and trimming garlic
     
  3. RPI

    RPI Property Lawyer, Town Planner Business Member

    Joined:
    19th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    712
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Geez. Won't be letting my boys read that. They are on $5 an hour and a mate of mine was complaining because I was paying more than he was and his son wanted a pay rise.
     
  4. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

    Joined:
    13th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    5,578
    Location:
    Adelaide, SA
    If I had kids I'd hide in my office til all hours too ;)
     
    JenW likes this.
  5. Jamie Moore

    Jamie Moore MORTGAGE BROKER - AUSTRALIA WIDE Business Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    2,143
    Location:
    Canberra and Sydney
    Damn - I gotta step my game up. Both my girls have been lying around the pool drinking slushies while I've been working!
     
  6. Rolf Latham

    Rolf Latham Inciteful (sic) Staff Member Business Plus Member

    Joined:
    14th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    1,161
    Location:
    Gold Coast
    my 19 yr old does a bit of that, and my 15 year old is into IT hardware

    though neither loooooooooooves the business

    ta
    rolf
     
  7. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    5,554
    Location:
    Sydney or NSW or Australia
    Since when did people who go to work get paid?
     
  8. Coota9

    Coota9 Well-Known Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    970
    Location:
    Melbourne
    MY 2 girls 16 &17 keep the Wesfarmers tradition going..

    One works at Kmart the other at Coles..

    May need to diversify our employment within the family though..mitigate some risk as we all work for Wesfarmers!!!
     
  9. Jess Peletier

    Jess Peletier Mortgage Broker - Australia Wide Business Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    2,764
    Location:
    Perth WA
    Surely it's not pool weather in Canberra?!
     
  10. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

    Joined:
    14th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    2,099
    Location:
    Sydney & Adelaide
    Its ok, he is on Slater and Gordon's payroll.
     
  11. pinkboy

    pinkboy Well-Known Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    911
    Location:
    Mackay, Qld
    I was at the office helping my Miss. 10 do a school project. She had 2 weeks to do it, and like her old man so many times, started from scratch the night before.

    *Sigh*


    pinkboy
     
  12. geoffw

    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    15th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    2,128
    Location:
    Canberra
    My girls were 11 and 14 when I took over the business. They were working from day 1 from sheer necessity (Christmas Eve and current employees all took the next week off).

    They only got money for working. They now thank me for a work ethic which has done them well, far above many of their colleagues.
     
    Gockie likes this.
  13. Mumbai

    Mumbai Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    763
    Location:
    Sydney
    I had been working on a elearning software for kids. My 5 year old girl happened to be the best tester in my team. My 8 month old wanted to help but ended up turning off my work laptop thrice ;)
     
  14. Jamie Moore

    Jamie Moore MORTGAGE BROKER - AUSTRALIA WIDE Business Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    2,143
    Location:
    Canberra and Sydney
    Nah, pretty sure it was minus 5 down there.

    I'm up in QLD for a short trip away :)
     
  15. Joshwaaaa

    Joshwaaaa Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    22nd Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    376
    Location:
    Adelaide
    You might never get rid of them:p

    I used to work weekends for the old man from about 10 on wards, factory work so was exciting for a ypung boy. Bought my first car at 15 after working every weekend and school holiday for a year at $10/hr.

    Got an apprenticeship at 16 learnt a whole new bunch of skills which i then brought back to the workshop. Now been back working along side the old man full time for 8 years 60+hrs a weeko_O. He's thinking if retiring in a couple years however
     
  16. willair

    willair Well-Known Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    19th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    1,693
    Location:
    Brisbane..
    If you can bond them with yourself at that age and their mindset,then they are going to stand up too the test of originality for the rest of their lives ,well done..
     
  17. skater

    skater Capitalist Premium Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    1,411
    Location:
    Sydney
    Sheesh! Your boys started late! :p

    My two were 8 & 10 when we had the skating rink. We paid them junior rates at the time & they were both better workers than any other juniors we employed.

    Lil was our DJ, and she was damn good too! The other one worked in the canteen. When it was busy, it was too slow to use the cash register, so I used to test them both, and ask things like. "I'd like two paddle pops, a meat pie, a large coke, a packet of chips, and a bag of lollies. Here's $50. How much change do I get?" Both of them were spot on! Smart little cookies, they were!

    I think sometimes people underestimate kids, and what they are capable of doing and/or understanding.

    I spoke to my eldest only recently, and she was saying that she could no longer work things out (mathematically) in her head, like she did back then, because the school system had 'dumbed her down" by insisting she use a calculator. :mad:
     
  18. geoffw

    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    15th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    2,128
    Location:
    Canberra
    A friend of mine had a book he had been working on for a long time deleted by his daughter.
     
  19. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    5,554
    Location:
    Sydney or NSW or Australia
    Now we're not going to accuse Wesfarmers of nepotism now coota?
     
  20. Coota9

    Coota9 Well-Known Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    970
    Location:
    Melbourne
    Scott No Mates..

    The good thing is they got their job 100% on their own merits,don't believe in giving them an easy ride-you want it you earn it.

    Don't think it hurt me..