Four Reasons Why My Teenager Got A Job

reasons why my teenager got a job

When my daughter approached me about wanting to work the first and only thing I thought about was the driving I would have to do. I make at least three trips to the kid’s high school plus their extra-curricular activities and driving to one more place was not sitting well with me. At least at that time.

After weeks of pleading and deal-making, we finally reached an agreement. I told Marisa if she could find a job that was close to the house she could work. Wouldn’t you know it that on January 4th she was interviewing at Wing Stop which happens to be 5 minutes from home and got the “you’re hired” call two days later! Eating crow served by a teenager tastes bitter!

Four Reasons Why My Teenager Got A Job

The more I started thinking about this the more I liked the idea of my daughter working. While she was looking at her job as a way to earn her own shopping money I was thinking about the other reasons why it’s okay for her to work, and that’s what I’d like to share with you today.

If you’re a parent like me who hates driving, you’ll sing a different tune when you read why I’m on board with her working now.

So she can learn how to manage money.

Since she has somewhat declared herself financially independent I have put her extra-curricular expenses on her. She is now in charge of paying dues and paying for accessories she needs for the dance team.

Although shopping is fun, and she’ll want to buy stuff she thinks she needs, I want my daughter to know her money should be used for things other than shopping.

So she can learn about saving money.

When my daughter got her first check she had the most exciting look. I remember that feeling, too. But as soon as I had a chance, my first advice for her was to put some money aside, and I talked to her about saving money.

I also shared some of my money mistakes in hopes that she’d understand where I was coming from and take my advice.

To gain work experience.

I realized it’s good for a teen to start gaining work experience and knowing what it’s like to be responsible for adhering to their schedule. It teaches them to be independent.

To keep her busy and out of trouble.

This one is my favorite. By the time she gets off of work she is too tired to go out to parties and that means there is less of a chance for her to have experiences with drugs or boys!

Is Your Teen Ready To Work?

If your teen is ready to work I would recommend they do some research and see what it is they’d like to do. Snag-a-Job has a great page that shows the best student jobs and the benefits of working in the respected industry. Plus it has a list of related employers currently hiring.

Over To You

I remember my first job. It was as a file clerk in downtown Houston and a block away from Foley’s which later became Macy’s. Do you remember your first job as a teen? What was the first thing you bought with your first paycheck?


    • Ryan Biddulph

      Ryan Biddulph 02/19/2014 8:51 a.m. #


      From high school on up we were expected to work during the summer, and during college we worked part time. So key to develop discipline.

      Great share!

      • Corina Ramos

        Corina Ramos 02/19/2014 11:12 a.m. #

        Thanks Ryan,

        I gave my mom a hard time...there's the karma, lol. I didn't want to work at a fast-food restaurant.

        When I did find a job it was a real eye-opener for me. I don't want my kids to miss those learning experiences that make us the hard workers we are when we settle into our careers.

        Happy Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

    • Pauline

      Pauline 02/19/2014 9:09 a.m. #

      Good for her! I had tons of jobs as a teen and loved the freedom to buy whatever I wanted without asking my parents. You definitely learn how to manage and save money when it cost you to earn it. I cycled, walked, or skated to work so it was not a burden for my parents.

      • Corina Ramos

        Corina Ramos 02/19/2014 12:16 p.m. #

        She's having fun but she did tell me yesterday she's tired. I had to remind her that her grades come first. I truly would rather her focus on school and get a part time job when she's in college but she's determined to balance it all some I'm all for it.

        My side of town isn't so safe which is why I drive her. Things weren't as bad when we were growing up so walking was safer, right? She did tell my husband she wants to learn how to drive...another chapter and another post :).

        Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're having a great day Pauline!

    • Shannon @ The Heavy Purse

      Shannon @ The Heavy Purse 02/19/2014 10:13 a.m. #

      So happy that Marisa found a job close to home. I hear you about driving kids around (seems like we are their chauffeurs) but the experiences will be invaluable. I'm so glad you're also using this as an opportunity to give her some important money lessons and sharing your own mistakes with her. I love that you've given her the responsibility to also use that money for some of her extracurricular fees. It can be eye-opening for kids when they see how much their activities cost. They shouldn't feel bad about it but it's important they appreciate how hard you work to provide them with a great life. It just doesn't happen.

    • Marissa@Thirtysixmonths

      Marissa@Thirtysixmonths 02/21/2014 5:39 a.m. #

      It's very important that we must teach children that money must be earned and not just be given. If they work at a job they'll learn not just how to save money but also the importance of their hard work in earning the money.

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