Why Summer Jobs Are Good for Teens
One of the best ways to teach your teenager some responsibility is to encourage them into getting a summer job. The type of job is so much less important than actually getting that job. This will be an excellent opportunity for them to learn money management, time management, and a few of the expectations that will befall them in the adult world.
When I was a teenager, my job was babysitting, and frankly it stretched much further than summer. While I was babysitting though, my friends were picking asparagus or shaking cherries for the local farmers. Rules on most farms have changed, so your high schooler may not be able to work on a farm or in an orchard.
There are plenty of other solutions however, and sometimes, as parents, we need to help our kids kick start a project. Remember the days of lemonade stands? Mom and dad bought cups, sugar, and lemonade mix and we sold the product. If we did good, then we were able to pay them back out of the profits.
Well, you can help your teen along with various things in much the same manner, like loaning them your lawn mower or weed whip so they can do lawns around the neighborhood. You can also loan them gardening tools if you have them, if that is what your teen choses to do. I had one friend who delivered papers all summer; her parents let her borrow the car and she paid for the gas. I went along a few times, and we made an otherwise boring job a little more fun.
With the money from babysitting, I took some of the burden off my mother by buying my own clothes and art supplies. This gave me a level of financial independence I would not have had until, say, adulthood. The extra money also helped pay for gas in our car, and my friends cars when we all wanted to cruise around on a Friday night.
The life skills gained from having a summer job are invaluable and indispensable. With a summer job your teenager will also learn about hard work, and the respect that comes with a job well done. Not to mention the skills and activities that can be added to their resume as they enter the adult world will be of great benefit in future job hunting.
One added benefit to getting a summer job is that your teen will get some sort of sense of what they do, or do not, want to do with the rest of their lives. Perhaps he or she had no idea they wanted to run a farm until they got a taste of what farming is like. The same can be said for any job chosen.
The average American will go through about 12-15 jobs in their lifetime, so your teen should not worry too much if the first job or two does not work out for them.