By Chris One of my axioms about working with teenagers is:
What are your teenagers doing this summer? Are they working or are they sleeping till noon and hanging out with friends? Up until I was 14 my summers were pretty quiet around our house. Both her parents and my parents were gone all day, everyday, so we were pretty much on Working teenager own.
And if we wanted to hang out, it meant both of us spending the day at her house doing those chores. We would try to rush through them each morning so that we could at least spend the afternoon out in the sun. But once I turned 14 those summer days of doing whatever, were over.
It was time to find a part-time job.
And I am so glad I did. I worked part-time as a cashier all through high school and college and I loved it. In fact I earned enough to pay for my college tuition and my books.
No student loans required.
Why Should a Teen Get a Job? There are so many reasons why a teen should get a job as soon as they are legally able to. It teaches them how to stand on their own two feet and how to work at becoming independent. And not encouraging them to do this is only setting them up for potential failure.
Getting a job while they are young prepares them for the future. Work experience will look good on their college applications, as well as future job applications.
Responsibility Working one or more part-time jobs is a great way for your teen to learn that there is more to life then what happens at home or at school. When they have a job they have to be at work at a certain time and they are expected to complete their job duties well.
Depending on the type of job they do, such as being a cashier, they may even deal with money. Dealing with money and making sure your cash is not short at the end of the day is a huge responsibility, at any age.
Manage Their Finances Once your teen starts working they will begin receiving pay checks. They will need to open their own bank account and they will need to learn how to manage that money well. This would be another perfect time to talk about their goals and what they want to spend their money on now and in the future.
Develop People Skills Getting a job allows your teen to expand their people skills. Sure they had to deal with teachers and fellow students at school, but working is different.
They will most likely have a manager to report to, and customers to keep happy. Not only will they have to work at their job but they will also have to work on managing their relationships with all of the new people that they are now working with.
Going to work each summer will help your teen develop their communication skills.The issues with teen boy therapy clients and teen girl therapy clients are vastly different. Boys talk much less readily than boys.
The examples in this piece are all girls. I was surprised to recently learn that when my oldest son turns 14 in a few months, my teenager can legally get a job. I always thought you had to be 16 to get a job, but and year-olds can work as long as they work no more than three hours a day and 18 hours a week during the school year.
Ages 14 to Balancing school and work can be difficult. Below you will find information that will make it easy for you to find out where to go for working papers, safety and health on the job, and filling out job applications and resumes while giving you the time to focus on your studies. What hours are teens under 18 allowed to work in non-agricultural jobs?
Check the chart below for the hours through year-olds can work. Find out how to apply for a variance to these requirements, if necessary.. Note: Minors working in restaurants and retail businesses after 8 p.m. must be supervised by an adult.
Working for the family business is more than just a refuge from a poor economy for children seeking summer employment and recent grads beginning their careers.
It can be . TEEN WORK HOURS Indiana Department of Labor – Bureau of Child Labor W.
Washington Street Room W Indianapolis, IN Phone: () Fax: .