To work or not to work??

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Registered: 08-25-2000
To work or not to work??
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Thu, 05-30-2013 - 12:13pm

My hubby and I were talking over the weekend about our daughter.  She is 17.  Finishing up her Junior year of high school.  Has a GPA of 3.92.....and it may go higher after this term.  She works at a babysitting job anywhere from 1 hour a week to 4 hours a week on average.  Does between 4-8 hours of volunteer work a month.  She is takijng AP classes next year which will require summer work.  He thinks that she should get an additional job this summer.  My opinion is that her job is school....getting good grades, studying  and doing her summer work for her 2 AP classes, reviewing for the September SAT and ACT tests, are her job, and this could bring in a lot of scholarship money.  She studies hard during the school year.  During the summer she will be reviewing for the SAT and ACT tests for their Sept test dates, doing AP summer work, babysitting at least 2 1/2 hours a week, doing her  volunteer work, etc. and helping me around the house as needed.  I think that summer is her time to relax some before her senior year (which has some very hard and demanding classes), visit colleges, have her decide where she is going to apply, and get all in order for early application .  She's a good kid who really hasn't given us a lot of trouble in her teenage years, takes, school seriously, and is looking towards  her future with college and a career.  She earns enough money for her expenses and pays for her chorus trip each year.....plus adds to her savings each year. 

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Registered: 08-25-2000
Sun, 06-16-2013 - 4:09pm

Actually since Mike flunked out of college after 1 year we have more money in our college savings than we planned.  I agree with you though.....plus she is working and making her own spending money, she has the respect of adults that she works with and does volunteer work, plus getting the grades that she does is pretty stressful as she has to study a lot.....and I don't have a problem with her relaxing over the summer.......

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Registered: 06-06-2002
Sat, 06-15-2013 - 3:43pm

if you can afford to support her, then he does not need to work. I think the important thing is that she is ising her time profitably 

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Registered: 08-25-2000
Wed, 06-05-2013 - 4:10pm

Right now because of the economy so many of her regular customers of last summer aren't hiring.  She'll look for something this summer.....but if it doesn't happen I'm not going to worry about it!

 

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 05-31-2013 - 7:49am

I know what you mean. There are many valuable lessons learned from a job, but they won't offset the scholarship money. Can she pick up more baby sitting or help a mom this summer? Just to get that work experience of going every day? My dd worked at a barn in exchange for riding lessons. It was good. She also does stuff, usually about 15 hours a week, for the retired professor across the street, mows, cleans, helps him edit things, washes the dog....

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!