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Parent Talk: When Is It Time For Teens To Get a Job?

With summer approaching, for some St. Michael-Albertville teens it's time to start applying and looking for jobs.

Summer is approaching and a whole new crop of students will be out looking for work. While most places can't hire students until they are 16 or older, there are various opportunities either umping baseball or helping coach soccer clinics that will allow younger teens to work.

And there's always babysitting.

What do you think about teens and jobs? Is it a value in your family that your teen starts working and learning some fiscal responsibility? Or, are you on the other side of the fence and think they have their whole lives ahead of them for working?

Jess Bjokne of Albertville thinks teens should work. "I think it's important for teens to have jobs, even if it's small," she said. "I started working as a mother's helper around age 10 or 11, and then moved on to babysitting, retail and nannying. I learned the importance of money and how to save and use my bank account wisely."

St. Michael mom of two Brandy Roberts agrees, "I think kids need to learn responsibility, the value of money and work ethic." Her 16-year-old daughter Lynlee has been babysitting for a couple of years now. "I expect both of my kids to have jobs in their teens so they learn how to work and also manage their money."

"Most of my friends babysit to earn spending money and I think kids should get a job when they decide they need the extra money," Lynlee said.

Many times having a job and the money that comes with it can also make students feel as though they have just a little bit more freedom too.

So what do you think? Is your teen looking for a job this summer?

Laura Nielsen April 11, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I think that all teens should find some sort of employment during the summer. Even if it is just babysitting for a couple of hours or mowing lawns, picking up dog waste or even volunteering a couple of times a week (still a job, even if you don't get paid in money!. It makes them more accountable for their time and gives them a greater sense of responsibility. I wouldn't be for a full time job or too many job commitments if the child were under the age of 16, though. There should be SOME time for "just being a kid". It's all about a balance for the abilities and temperaments of each child, of course.
Willow April 12, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Personally, I think that teens should be doing something worthwhile that will help them develop good morals and responsibility. Whether it's a volunteering job or a paid one, it's an important part of growing up and easing into the "real world".
Sandy April 12, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Absolutely! That was the expectation in our home growing up and I'm so thankful it was. There are so many valuable life lessons you start learning when you get a job. Not to mention the sense of pride and worth of a job well done. Plus I had a lot of fun! Parents aren't doing their teens any favors by allowing them wait until they're out of the house and on their own. That's certainly not the time to start learning. I'd rather be there for my kids and help them learn a good work ethic and how to work with/for other people. I loved having a job as a teen. It felt really good to know that I earned those pay checks by working hard, and didn't have to hit my parents up for money every time I wanted to buy something (not that they would've anyway) : ). I still had time for homework and extra curricular activities. Having a job probably kept me out of trouble too. : ) Sure, I had to say no to a lot, but I have to say no to far more now as an adult. I'm glad I was prepared. Thanks Mom and Dad! ~ Sandy Martin
Denise April 12, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I am all for kids having jobs whether it's part-time, full-time (summer) or volunteer. I had a job as a teen and I not only loved working but I also loved having my own money. It also taught me a lot of responsiblity and to work hard for what I want or need. That trait was also passed on to my own children when they were teens. I see to many parents just handing everything over to their kids and the kids sucking them emotionally and financially dry. What happened to the work "NO". I'm thinking that went out with dicipline and spankings. Parents out their teach your kids some responsiblity and good work ethics so when they are 30+ you still aren't supporting them.

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