I donâ€™t see many teenagers working anymore. I donâ€™t know if employers are choosing adults over teens because the economy is so bad, or if teenagers just donâ€™t feel the need to work like they once did.
I worked full time in high school. I got on a half day program where I was able to leave school at one in the afternoon and head to work, where I stayed until nine or so.
Since I worked full time, I was able to buy my own car, make my own insurance payments, and buy my own clothes. My parents provided a roof and a certain amount of guidance and protection. My grades dropped slightly, but most of that was because of attitude rather than a result of overextending myself.
Having a job forced me to grow up. I had responsibilities and adults to answer to that were not my parents. You donâ€™t get defiant with your boss if you want to continue to pull that paycheck. I did homework on my breaks and lunches. Although I didnâ€™t graduate in the top of my class, I wasnâ€™t in the bottom either.
I have heard people say that they donâ€™t want their teen to work in high school. The parent believes that working will keep the teen from concentrating fully on his (or her) studies. I donâ€™t know about that.
Most of my experiences with high school kids (including myself) lead me to believe that 16 to 18 year olds donâ€™t concentrate fully on their studies anyway.
I think that in many, if not most cases, kids will be playing video games, texting, and watching television during the time that they would otherwise be working at a job.
My thought is that learning responsibility and a good work ethic is as important as good grades. What is your opinion on this one?