Job Benefits for Kids in High School
Raising teenagers takes a lot of energy, time, patience and money. During these formative years, parents try to teach their children responsibility, independence, money management and other life skills. One of the best ways to help teach your child these invaluable skills is by letting him get a high school job. Benefits of working as a teenager include heightened responsibility, money management skills, maturity
Sense of Responsibility
Responsibility is a word thrown around a lot during the teenage years. Parents want their children to have it, but some teenagers think they already do. A high school job is a catalyst for responsible action and problem solving. Teenagers are accountable for work attendance and punctuality, job responsibilities, customer satisfaction and job performance. The initial incentive is a paycheck, but over time, a teenager will get considerable satisfaction out doing great work, as well.
The teenage years are marked by a strong desire to become independent from parents; however, it can be a difficult thing for teens for learn. A job provides teenagers with a newfound sense of self-confidence, independence and self-reliance, according to Family Education. Financially, they now have options besides asking their parents for money. Also, a job gives your child a sense of accomplishment and pride, both of which are necessary for your teenager to have the confidence to be responsibly independent.
Money Management Skills
As soon as they begin driving – and sometimes earlier – teens' social lives change and becoming more expensive. Movie outings, new clothing, dinner dates and gas money all cost a lot, but with a job, your teenager can learn the real costs of his social life and material wants. Benefits of working as a teenager include making money. With the steady paycheck that he earns, your child will begin to more carefully weigh his decisions to spend money, giving him the priceless lesson of responsible money management.
A job benefits teenagers who might spend their time dabbling in frivolous activities by giving them something to do that's both productive and profitable. While playing video games, taking extended naps or watching television might be fine in small doses, a job gives teenagers a sense of purpose, responsibility and maturity. A job also helps prevent your child from being exposed to harmful or illegal activities that his peers might have adopted.
Real World Preparation
Perhaps the most advantageous benefit of working as a teenager is earning real world experience, suggests Indeed Career Guide.All of the benefits of having a job as a teenager – the sense of responsibility, newfound independence and money-managing skills – are all necessary in college and adult life. Your teenager-turned-college student will already know the importance of waking up for class, turning in assignments, being respectful and saving money. Most importantly, your child will have already learned how to be successful in life.
Jennifer Kimrey earned her bachelor's degree in English writing and rhetoric from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. She's a regular contributor to the "Houston Chronicle" and her work has appeared on Opposing Views Cultures, The Austin American-Statesman, The Red Vault, The Western Vault and various other websites and publications.