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Homeschooled 10-year-old going on 20

Most children jump at a chance for real-world responsibilities.

Ten-year-old Sarah Ellen Wideman wait on a tables at her family�s restaurant, T.W. Boons.

There have been many jaws dropping at T.W. Boons lately, and it�s not just because the food is good.

It�s because the 10-year-old barely able to peep over the counter is taking orders and waiting tables just as well as peers twice her age.

Sarah Ellen Wideman might have to stand on a folding chair to ring up orders and stretch a little farther than most to reach the sweet tea canister, but the 4-foot tall waitress handles a couple of tables with as much ease and charisma as if it were all pretend. But unlike other girls her age who pour tea to their teddy bears with a snuggle in return, Sarah Ellen receives tips from customers who say she�s the best waitress they�ve ever had. Read more…

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  1. Thanks for sharing this story – it’s another great example of children learning how to deal with the world and the people in it by actually dealing with the world and the people in it. I’ll be posting as much at my site :)

  2. I was not homeschooled (though I am now a home educator), but grew up working at my family’s fruit stand. Having a job in a family business is an excellent way for kids to learn to contribute to the family and learn life skills.

    There were plenty of people who refused to “trust” me to handle transactions, but there were many more who thought it was lovely to be dealing with a member of the family, no matter the age. Good for Sarah!

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