Do you want your kids to get a job early?

Canada
November 22, 2010 9:23pm CST
So myLotters, do you think it's a good idea to make your child get a job around the age of 14? I don't think it's a good idea because they have lots of homework and easily get stressed out. A job would put additional stress on them and make them probly go insane. But the good part from this is their getting the money. If the child doesn't have lots of homework then it's a good idea, and if they are like really good stundents and always finish their work it's a good idea. If you took the money that they earned that would be mean. If you intend on making your child work and take their money that is wrong. If you think your child should work so you can steal their money, it's not right. But if you ask them for some money because of what your giving them everyday such as food then it's good. If you intend on making your child get a job, don't steal their money and think about how much stress they have. So tell me if you want you child to get a job early :) And if you do, remember some of this stuff :)
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@samafayla33 (1857)
• United States
23 Nov 10
Jobs at teenage is a great idea, also rewarding your kids for doing household chores also teaches kids responsibility. Don't be to stingy with weekly allowance either because it teaches kids to be dependable and hard workers. When they know they can work for money, they will try harder for you academically and in the home
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• United States
23 Nov 10
When I was 14 my mother made me get a job and she took all of my money. I was left with nothign after she took it and went partying with her lover. She did this to all of us except the younger daughter who still lives at home and will not give her a dime. My daughter is 16 and wants a job,I told her she could get a job for four hours no more than that. But,if her school work would suffer she would hav eto quit. So,she chose not to get a job.
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@youless (94190)
• Guangzhou, China
23 Nov 10
I don't agree that children have to get a job early. Because children are supposed to study at first, then they shall have some time to play or do anything they like. Of course they should also help to do some housework, but as to work, I don't think it is not proper. Here the study pressure is already so heavy, I wonder whether there are still some children who can have extra time for job. Besides, nobody will hire so little children here. I love China
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• Thailand
23 Nov 10
Dear Dezinated! I don't have a children yet but I think I don't want my children to get a job early. Because It will be a bad effect to their study. Their main duty at the age 10s is study, study and study. Their future is only good if they study well when they was young. So, we don't want to make a bad future for them, right? So, don't let your children get a job early!
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@amora123 (85)
• Philippines
23 Nov 10
here in the philippines, children are only allow to work at the age of 18... i dont think its a good idea that at the age of 14 they are allow to work.. age of 14 is the time where they star to develop their teenage life...
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@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
23 Nov 10
It depends on the kid. I raised three boys. One was very enterprising. I couldn't stop him from working and gaining a great reputation in the neighborhood at the age of 12! The oldest accused him of getting rich off of him by charging him for food and utilities at 24! All of them were encouraged to be "a kid" throughout their school years, including college!
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
23 Nov 10
I mean he accused us of getting rich off him.
@mods196621 (3631)
• Philippines
24 Nov 10
Not yet. If ever i would like my kids to study more and concentrate on it before to jumps to job for earnings. The sad things her in my country is even the child and the baby is working now. The mother exposed their child into the street to beg and please for foods using their babies so that people got easily attracted to give them by their means. For my family i can't allow my kids to work at early time.
• India
24 Nov 10
i think that getting a gob in 14 years may affect our studies. but earning money is a very nice thing as it will help children to know the value of money.but its not right for the parents to ask money from the children even for food.
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
24 Nov 10
Hi Dezinated, Welcome to Mylot!! I never made any of my kids work that young. They did do some babysitting for extra spending money and two of them began working by age 16. My oldest started working on weekends at a very very young age (can't remember what but she was under 16) The one that didn't work at all was the one that tended to get in the most trouble and yes...I did push her to get a job. She needed some responsibility. My girls had to have something to do. It could be a job, it could be sports or something but it had to be something that taught them some responsibility. It didn't hurt them and they still had leisure time and time for friends. My 16 yr old works and keeps up her grades and still has plenty of time for both her boyfriend and her friends.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
24 Nov 10
you are right but i think 14 is a little too early. although my daughter would love to get a job next year (she is 13). however, getting a job teaches them how to use their money wisely and how hard it is to earn money (how much work it is!)
23 Nov 10
Our oldest of 3 sons turned 16 in April. He now has a job (Saturday and sometimes Sunday) in a local store. He loves it as he has a little financial independence. For me, it's a great experience of life out there and dealing with customers. He wants to be a doctor, so this should help eventually with his bedside manner. Studying is not a problem - he works hard during the week. 14 would have been too young but now at 16 I think its great.
• Canada
23 Nov 10
Working at age 14 is not child labour, and not against the law, at least not in the US and Canada. There are many laws where I live describing the maximum amount of hours a teenager can work, how late they are allowed to work when they have school the next day, and saying they cannot work during school hours. This is to ensure they are not neglecting school. No one is teaching children responsibility these days. Working 4 or 5 hours on a Saturday will not kill a teenager's marks or social life. They need to learn time management before they become an adult and it is too late. I agree that no parent should take a teenager's hard-earned money, unless they are encouraging the teen to put some in a fund for college. Teenagers should not have a full-time job, but one shift a week is good for them!
@peedielyn (1210)
• United States
23 Nov 10
I wouldn't say that at age 14 I would make them work, but I did tell my oldest, who just turned 13 that he's old enough for a paper route or something. I meant that he's old enough to do things now for money. The little that he gets from us for normal chores is enough for right now. But if his grades were alright and he felt he needed more money than so be it. I made a deal with him (he's an Aspie) that I will let him have the first two checks to himself, and to spend it wisely and then after that, I will take half of his check from then on out and put it in an account that he could have when it was time for school. My other son who is 9 said that he just wants to save for a really cool car, and I told him the same thing. He actually goes to his dad's on the weekend and cleans up yards, mows and shovels snow, so I really have no worries about his saving. On the social note, I think if they are mature enough and their grades are good, and they really think they can handle the extra, then I am all for it. I want them to have better than I did. I am struggling right now, and they hate seeing it too.
• Philippines
23 Nov 10
Its okey to have work on early age but not as young as 14.... maybe age 18 is okey so they can learn how to make their living and experience working money in their own and realize the hardship of life..not depending on their parents in some little expenses
• India
23 Nov 10
Child labor is against law. Apart from that it is the age for studying and enjoying the childhood. No parent should allow their young children to work, whatever may be the family financial circumstances.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
23 Nov 10
I am not against kids who wants to work at early age. But of course,they must be responsible with their studies too. Working and studying at the same time is not easy,esp with young kids. For me it's fine if my kid/s wants to work at early age,but i will always be reminding them about their studies. Sometimes kids wants to buy things of their choice,and working is their way of earning money in order to buy their own stuffs. I also believed that,early decision makes them responsible and mature,much with being independent. have a good day always