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?