As children reach adolescence, many of them start thinking about working and earning their own money. For teenagers, the advantages of working include:
- Building a sense of responsibility, good work habits, and organizational skills.
- Developing independent thinking and decision making skills.
- Saving money for long-term education goals. Gaining references for future jobs.
- Working in an unsafe or stressful environment. Teens might not be sufficiently developed physically, intellectually, or emotionally to perform certain tasks.
- Working too many hours for their age. Studies have found that teenagers who work more than 20 hours a week are more likely to experience detrimental effects in their school, family, and personal lives.
- Letting the job become a distraction from school and the goal of graduation. This is mostly true for after-school jobs, rather than summer jobs.
For more tips on talking with your teen about this topic see our I Need to Get a Job web page.