Should teenagers work

After School Work
@Marcyaz (36113)
United States
September 10, 2015 11:16am CST
I believe they should even if only for a few hours after school or in the early morning hours as it in time teaches them job responsibility. They find they need to get eight hours of sleep to be alert in school and ready for their job that day. A lot of teens who work also find their grades are better . It also teaches them how to manage their time better and will give them some spending money. Three of my sons were paper boys and it helped them in their math and dealing with people. If you have teens do they work?
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@LadyDuck (121670)
• Switzerland
10 Sep 15
I do not have children, but I worked when I was teen.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
10 Sep 15
I also worked when I was a teen and had my own spending money.
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@LadyDuck (121670)
• Switzerland
10 Sep 15
@Marcyaz That was the best part, to have our own money to spend.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
10 Sep 15
@LadyDuck It was nice as I didn't have to bother my parents with asking for money and made me feel a little independent.
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@fufurinha (11388)
• Portugal
10 Sep 15
I am still young (wih no kids) but I think that is good to have a job early. Helps us to organize our time and to be extra careful with the studies.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
10 Sep 15
It is a good idea and it does help us to organize our tiem and be careful with our studies.
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@fufurinha (11388)
• Portugal
10 Sep 15
@Marcyaz That is exactly what I think
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@kevin1877uk (36137)
10 Sep 15
Weekends maybe but not during the week, I know my two older boys always seem to be takes exams after exams. It would be too much for them to work during the week and I think affect the schooling. My oldest does work on a Sunday at a local garden centre.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
10 Sep 15
Agree with that Kev 100%, school is number one.
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@kevin1877uk (36137)
10 Sep 15
@TiarasOceanView Thank you Roz, yeah school is important and the amount of work they get those days seems to be far more than I ever had when I was there. If it's not testing then exams, plus course work too.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
10 Sep 15
@kevin1877uk Yes I know in England you actually ARE getting an education lolz
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@vandana7 (57490)
• India
10 Sep 15
I think working needs to be differentiated from earning here. Working is something we do with a lot of responsibility, and our failure to do the job well, can result in losses to the organization, and loss of job not only for us, but for others as well. Moreover, working is for proverbial food, clothing, shelter, and medicines for ourselves and our loved ones. Unlike this, earning the way teenagers should, is fine. Work and associated responsibilities can weigh heavily on mind, and that is not ok for a child. But simple sincerity in any job that he or she takes up is a great way to make children responsible.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
10 Sep 15
Children feel like they are becoming responsible when they are earning money by their working. They have a hint of what it will be like when they are adult and hold a real job as an adult. They also learn how to deal with different types of people.
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@vandana7 (57490)
• India
10 Sep 15
@Marcyaz ...as long as they are not asked to fend for themselves and others, because if they take their responsibilities too seriously, or need to, they can be exploited, because they are not aware of their legal rights, and do not know how to come out from any complex situation like we adults do. Earning for what they want is different from earning for what they need. It is one thing to earn for a smartphone, and another thing to earn to pay for rent or food bills.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
10 Sep 15
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@celticeagle (115111)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Sep 15
I think teens should work. Maybe not a full time one until they are out of school. And they should also be responsible for paying some of their own bills. Their own clothes and perhaps their cell phone too. Car payments coming up also.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
10 Sep 15
I agree my boys never were allowed a car until they could pay the insurance and then we would see about a car.
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@celticeagle (115111)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Sep 15
@Marcyaz yeah, I'm just saying that is coming. Insurance could be the deal breaker for sure.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
11 Sep 15
@celticeagle Here as i understand it the coverage for teens goes way up and some parents just can not afford it.
@dpk262006 (54713)
• Delhi, India
11 Sep 15
I feel that if teenagers are working during their summer holidays/winter holidays to earn some pocket money, that is fine. It will help them instill confidence in them. They would come to know the value of money, when they start earning this way. Working to earn a salary even on a regular part time basis could effect studies, in my view.
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@vandana7 (57490)
• India
11 Sep 15
I can't stand when parents take monies from their child to run the home, when they haven't worked a single day and are not working even when they are able bodied.
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@dpk262006 (54713)
• Delhi, India
11 Sep 15
@vandana7 - Yes, it looks odd when instead of helping children, parents ask them to earn and pay them money.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
13 Sep 15
@dpk262006 I have never known any parents who have done that but I agree it would be entirely wrong.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
10 Sep 15
Well I think they should if the can find something. Often times the problem is some jobs want them to work full time hours and that is not right. They need to be in school too.
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@kevin1877uk (36137)
10 Sep 15
I gree with you, a part time weekend job is ok but school is more important.
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@OneOfMany (9187)
• United States
10 Sep 15
I worked during the weekend on the various properties doing restoration projects or helping on the farms. I didn't really get much time away from the work I did on weekends. On the weekdays I could socialize a little bit after school and sports, but not much. I guess it depends on the type of teen.
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• Mumbai, India
11 Sep 15
hello buddy
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
13 Sep 15
Well that is working as a teen isn't it?
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@OneOfMany (9187)
• United States
13 Sep 15
@Marcyaz Yes, but I wasn't really working for other people for pay unless I was down at the golf course collecting balls from the woods and water hazards and selling them to golfers.
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@rusty2rusty (6746)
• Defiance, Ohio
10 Sep 15
My oldest son did work. He still got in trouble three years in a row. Today has turned his life around and doing amazing raising his son. I don't allow my teen to work between school and extra activities. He is really busy. He does have the choice, work or some extra activity after school. Both he can't do both. My teen daughter does not work. She is only 15, slow and immature for her age. Not sure if she will be working or not yet. It depends on how much she grows. Right now we are focusing on hygiene and respect for elders.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
10 Sep 15
Well of course not all teens are the same some will still take the easy way out. If one is not mature enough then it does not help to have a job until one becomes a little more mature.
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• Defiance, Ohio
10 Sep 15
@Marcyaz I agree. My teen son is doing great in school. In honor classes getting A/B's. Does well in sports. He good socially with his peers. His sister is the total opposite. They are like night and day. She requires more help.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
11 Sep 15
@rusty2rusty You sometimes wonder do they really live in the same house have the same love and same rules to follow. Children are all different, I know my four boys were all different in one way or another.
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@zarlamain (23949)
• United States
9 May 16
I don't have kids, but as a teenager, I worked part-times to contribute to my household finances and paid for my own things. Every penny helps!
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
10 May 16
I also worked as a teenager and it taught me how to handle money.
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@zarlamain (23949)
• United States
10 May 16
@Marcyaz My childhood and my experiences with part-time jobs shaped how I manage money now.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
10 May 16
@zarlamain I imagine that is a good thing.
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@Rosekitty (19499)
• San Marcos, Texas
10 Sep 15
yes they should and mine not only worked but did chores went to school and served me brownies..hahah..well not the last part..
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
10 Sep 15
hehe You slave driver you making those poor babies do all that just for little old you.....
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@Rosekitty (19499)
• San Marcos, Texas
10 Sep 15
@Marcyaz yep..and now they are adults making their babes work..well some are under 10 so not them..hahah
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
13 Sep 15
@Rosekitty Not a good role model were youunder 10 I think there is a child labor law against making one so young work. Gimme some brownies...
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@tessastv (276)
• Inverness, Scotland
14 Sep 15
I'm still a teenager (I'd say) and I work as a self-employed make-up artist as make-up is my one true passion. I definitely agree with this idea and support it.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
14 Sep 15
Sounds like you have your future secured by being a self employed make up artist. Great good things coming your way.
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@tessastv (276)
• Inverness, Scotland
14 Sep 15
@Marcyaz Hope so.. It's always been my dream job!
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
18 Sep 15
@tessastv You can make it come true just work hard and learn all you can.
@gudheart (12799)
11 Sep 15
I think it is important that they do some sort of part time work to learn responsibility too. I started work late, which I regret now.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
11 Sep 15
Well at least you have some responsibility now which is good and know the value of work.
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@gudheart (12799)
11 Sep 15
@Marcyaz I was a really well behaved kid, so my parents never pushed me to start work early. I think it would have been great for me personally to build confidence and have more work experience. OH and the money helps too lol
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
11 Sep 15
@gudheart I was never pushed either but I wanted to work and feel like I was making some money for myself and for me the work experience alone was a deal breaker.
@kaka135 (13483)
• Malaysia
10 Sep 15
I agree with teenagers working. I think it's not only teaching them the responsibility, but also giving them a chance to service. There are much more they can learn from the work, but not in school. I don't have teens, but my husband and I have been talking, we'll let our children work when they have reached the legal age for working, to learn, to gain experience, and also to have fun. Working can be really fun, and same goes to life.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
13 Sep 15
Teens working helps make them responsible and that leads to all kinds of good things and the experience is good for them. It also gives them a sense of worth along with their own spending money.
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@kaka135 (13483)
• Malaysia
14 Sep 15
@Marcyaz Yes, I really think there are just so much benefits for teenagers to work.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
14 Sep 15
@kaka135 So true along with the responsibility and experience and to make new friends and have fun.
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@topffer (30594)
• France
10 Sep 15
I had my first job during summer holidays when I was 16. Our employment legislation does not authorize today to give a job to a minor except for apprenticeship.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
10 Sep 15
I was working at about 13 years old and from there on I always had a part time or full time summer job, not because I had to but because I wanted to.
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@topffer (30594)
• France
10 Sep 15
@Marcyaz You were very courageous Marciaz. At my time it would have been possible for me to work at 14 years old during my holidays. Now, it is impossible, except for an internship, and internship is not always paid. Teens have to wait until 18 to get a summer job.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
11 Sep 15
@topffer I did baby sitting first, then worked in a fastfood restaurant, than worked in a hardware store after school and Saturday then worked there during the summer full time. I enjoyed it and it gave me the knowledge to do even more.
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• United States
1 Oct 15
My son is 13 and I know he needs a job, except he is too young for a job like at McDonalds, but not too young for a neighbor to ask him to work. Which he has a couple times and then the last few days I have been dog sitting for a neighbor, but I am paying my son to go over in the afternoon when he comes home from school because I am not home from my classes until later. It does teach them to be responsible and if they can't manage their time, that would be a good lesson in learning instead of learning it when they are on their own and can't afford to lose a job.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
1 Oct 15
It is good for your son to learn now to work for neighbors, mow lawns, sit dogs and things like that teach him to be responsible.
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• United States
2 Oct 15
@Marcyaz The only thing he does is he helps me dog sit (like when I can't due to my school schedule) and helping me pull weeds, but for some reason he refuses to cut the grass. I don't know why, because that is where the money is.
@marlina (62086)
• Canada
11 Sep 15
When our 2 sons were teenagers, they did have a part time job and it was certainly better than having them play video games on their free time.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
11 Sep 15
Isn't that the truth as teens would sit in front of their video games set and be there for hours on end.
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• Japan
11 Sep 15
I should've done more part-time when I was younger (I still could). Yeah, like you said, it does help with integrating into society well. Sort of like a weaning off from allowances and actually starting to sustain themselves.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
11 Sep 15
Very true and helps in interacting with others and they learn the value of money also.
@valmnz (13155)
• New Zealand
10 Sep 15
I definitely agree with teens working, but here in New Zealand many are involved in sports practices and training in out of school hours, which I believe to be equally important.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
13 Sep 15
Yes it is equally important and some can not work because of this.
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@Butchcass4 (5801)
• United States
10 Sep 15
My kids worked when they were teens and I believe it helped prepare them for being on their own and when they got their license they had to pay their portion of car insurance that was the deal when it was time to get their license. I believed it helped them be more responsible. I had 4 neck surgeries during their teen years and they also had to do their own laundry and help with the cleaning and meals as much of the time I was in a lot of pain and unable to do housewife and motherly duties.
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@Marcyaz (36113)
• United States
10 Sep 15
My boys had to pay for their insurance before they could even get a car and I worked so they took turns cooking and helping out with other chores like you said laundry .