There comes a time in every teen’s life when they need to start becoming independent. This new independency should include getting a job and starting a savings account.
As much as electronic gadgets cost today, it’s no wonder that more and more parents are encouraging their teenage children get jobs to pay for them. I have seen some cell phones and I-Pads selling for $500 and more. If your teenager is asking for one of these, tell them they need to earn it. It can be very hurtful to a teenager’s development if they are given everything they ask for, and never told that they need to work for it.
One of the reasons some parents do not encourage their teen to get a job, is because they are not sure if they are ready for the responsibility. This is because some teens mature more quickly than others. As their parent, you are the best person to determine if your teen is ready to handle the responsibility of a job. Below are some tips that can help serve as a guideline.
If your teenager is doing a good job of completing their homework on time and maintaining their grades, they have proven that they are developing good management skills. These are the type of skills employers look for. To ensure that your teen is able to continue maintaining good grades at school while working, they should start out with a part time job. Working part time will also allow them to still enjoy normal teen activities like playing sports and going to the movies, and also spending time with their family and friends.
On the other hand, if you have a teen that is not doing well in school but is constantly asking for things like a new video game or cell phone, put them to work at home. If they are working at home you will be able to monitor them more carefully. Start them off with doing things like mowing the lawn every week, feeding the dog, and being responsible for taking out the trash. In order for them to get the point and purpose of working, you have to treat these responsibilities just like a real job. For example, if your teen misses a day taking out the trash, dock a few dollars from their pay. Or, if they don’t do a good job of mowing the lawn one week, dock a few more dollars and also give them a verbal warning. Some of this might sound harsh, but it is the only way to teach them to be responsible. Having their pay docked for doing a poor job, and not completing assignments, will also prepare your teen for the ’real’ working world.