In just a few days, my sixteen year old will be officially done with his Sophomore year in high school and will begin his summer break. My son has a tendency to like the finer things in life, if you know what I mean: Macbooks, iPods, gear from Hollister, etc. And now that I am between working assignments, money is tight! Last night, we discussed his options and we both agreed that it is time for him to get a summer job.
I got my first job when I was fifteen or sixteen, working at the layaway at K-mart in Florida. It was a cool job. I got paid every week, which was great for me, and the hours fit into my school schedule. I pretty much could do whatever I wanted with my paycheck, and it was a good feeling to pay for my own wants and desires without having to ask my parents for cash. It gave me a newfound independence that would take me into my adulthood.
A few of my family members (the older set) think it’s not wise for me to let my son go out and get a job but I don’t think there is anything wrong with it. He is sixteen, he can drive, and it’s time for him to learn good work ethic and how to make money and spend it wisely. I don’t want to feel guilty about letting my son, who is a young man, earn his money. It’s a time honored tradition- I got a job at his age, so can he!
What is your take on teens working? How old were you when you got your first job? I look forward to hearing your responses.