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GabyBaby posted 6/5/2013 10:54 AM

My DS17 is a special needs kid. He's pretty high functioning, but struggles with a lot of things.

We got word yesterday that he was accepted for his first summer job! His high school has a program that teams with the state's social services program and local employers to give Spec Needs kids who are transitioning to adulthood an opportunity to work a real job and earn real money.

The process to get the job has been a great experience for him too. He had to go through the normal job hunting process (fill out forms, interview etc) in order to get the job.

Kiddo is so excited and I'm over the moon FOR him. He's already got a list of a few NASCAR-related items he's going to buy with his first paycheck.

Sad in AZ posted 6/5/2013 11:10 AM

He's already got a list of a few NASCAR-related items he's going to buy with his first paycheck.

Along with opening/contributing to a savings account?

Congratulations all around!!!

GabyBaby posted 6/5/2013 11:20 AM

Thanks Sad!

Both of my kiddos have had a checking/savings account since they were mid teens. Neither have ever overdrawn their accounts and DS in particular puts the majority of his allowance and birthday funds into savings. We've tried to teach our kids healthy spending/savings habits, which is something I never got from my parents. (and boy do I have the mistakes from which they can learn!!!).

DS has always been a saver vs. a spender, except on rare occasions. He saves up and only buys an item (usually NASCAR related, lol) after months of deciding if he really wants it or not.

[This message edited by GabyBaby at 11:20 AM, June 5th (Wednesday)]

MissesJai posted 6/5/2013 13:15 PM

Congrats to DS17! Love it!

jo2love posted 6/5/2013 14:14 PM


lieshurt posted 6/5/2013 14:19 PM

That's wonderful!

jrc1963 posted 6/5/2013 14:30 PM

That is Awesome!

What's the job?

LA44 posted 6/5/2013 14:34 PM

Happy news indeed! Congrats!

GabyBaby posted 6/5/2013 15:12 PM

Thanks all!
@Jrc- His position will be working with the facilities manager at one of the local schools (so maintenance, cleaning, grounds work, etc).

jrc1963 posted 6/5/2013 15:13 PM

That's really cool!!!

Faithful w/Love posted 6/5/2013 15:19 PM

That's wonderful.

UnexpectedSong posted 6/6/2013 08:48 AM

Congratulations to DS17! And to you, too, for all your hard work.

GabyBaby posted 6/6/2013 17:33 PM


Kajem posted 6/6/2013 18:34 PM

Congratulations to your DS and to you for all your hard work.


kernel posted 6/6/2013 18:59 PM

Congrats to you both!

traicionada posted 6/6/2013 19:02 PM


GabyBaby posted 6/6/2013 20:17 PM

DS has been cracking me up the last couple of days. He'll walk up to his sister (who has never worked for pay - only volunteer positions) and offers to lend her money to go insane interest rates, of course.

stronggirl72 posted 6/6/2013 20:47 PM

That is such wonderful news!! Congratulations to you BOTH.

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