I don’t know about you, but, when I was 14, I got my first job. This was because I knew my parents couldn’t afford to keep giving me money, and I really wanted to have money for various reasons. I wanted those Jordache jeans that were $50. My parents looked at me like I was on drugs when I asked for them. Or, those Nike’s because I was tired of wearing the no name brands. So, how do you tell it’s time for your teen to get a job these days? It’s a little harder I think now. Teens can’t really get a job somewhere until their 16. I was 14 and was the cook at Burger King. I cooked the burgers, put fries in the fryer and all that fun stuff. Employers didn’t care back then how old you were!
My son’s father and I had a rule. For him to get a car, he had to pay for gas. So, he’s 16 and now has a job as a host at a restaurant. He doesn’t work many hours, but they’re starting to pick up now that the holidays are coming. He also wanted money so he can buy his girlfriend some nice gifts. His dad and I help with some gifts for friends, but not above a certain amount. This is another way you can tell it’s time for your teen to get a job. Especially when one parent (me, in this case) is laid off and can’t afford their own needs, much less their teens wants! LOL.
In the end, to tell when it’s time for your teen to get a job, is when you really can’t afford what they’re asking for. When their wants start to outweigh their needs. They need to get a job that will help them to learn the value of a dollar. That, not only, money doesn’t grow on trees and the bank of mom and dad has closed for business. But also, we need to prepare them on how to live on their own if their goal is to move away from home after college. Here is a great list of jobs teens can get to earn money.
How old were you when you got your first job? How did you know when it was time for your teen to get a job?
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