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|Wed, 06-16-2004 - 8:21am|
At what age do you make your kids go to work? Just a summer job or during school? I grew up with a dad whose mentality was "If I had to do it, you do to" So, when I was 12 I was washing dishes in a diner Saturday and Sunday breakfasts starting at 6 am, $20 a day under the table. It was a nightmare...so I won't do the same thing to our kids, guarenteed. BUT, I am going to my nephew's grad party this weekend and I think the kid in in for a world of hurt. He has never had to have a job, his parents have handed everything to him and now he is on his way to college. I expect massive credit-card debt by the time he graduates. And then, he'll need a job, but he'll have no idea how to interview or conduct himself at work, because he won't have had those teenage "practice" jobs.
So, what do you think? Tell the kids to concentrate on school-work only and extra-curriculars and no job? Or, get a job on the weekends or work everyday if you want as long as you grades don't suffer?
When I reached highschool, I worked in a pizza place Tuesday and Friday nights, all day Saturday and Sunday. I still managed to have fun and do well in school and play sports, etc. I got into good colleges. Is that impossible these days?