teenagers should have jobs.
Our daughter, Emily, has had a job at Chick-fil-a since she was 15 years old. She wanted a job and applied as soon as she was able to be considered for hire. She went through an extensive interview process which consisted of a phone interview, a group interview and an interview with a member of management one on one. She was selected to attend a training class, knowing that not every one in the class would be hired. She has worked for Chick-fil-a now for almost 2 years. She has learned so much through her experiences there. She has learned to look ahead and manage her schedule. She has learned to communicate with other staff members and management when situations arise that conflict with her schedule. She has learned how to deal with people of all types from pleasant and forgiving to snooty and demanding. She has learned to work quickly and efficiently, while keeping her cool during really busy drive-thru shifts. She has had to set her alarm clock and get herself up early and she has had to work really late cleaning bathrooms and mopping floors. She has made money, given money, saved money, spent money and run out of money. She is learning valuable lessons.
Like with most things in parenting our oldest child, we are still learning as we go. We did not know what to expect when Emily joined the workplace. We should have set some boundaries. You see, as she became familiar with the duties and obligations, she also gained new friendships and enjoyed the social aspect of working with other teens. She enjoyed the freedom of having her own money. She started picking up shifts without asking us. She would work several days during the week and all day long on Saturday. We wondered how she was getting it all done. Her grades were holding steady but she was staying up too late to get assignments done. She was grumpy. We had to take back the freedom that we had unknowingly given her in regards to this new wonderful job opportunity. We learned valuable lessons. There must be a balance. A part time job is good....but it must be part time. Not all consuming. And as far as the money, there must be discipline. A savings account, with a goal in mind....a laptop or an iPhone or a trip to camp with Young Life. Her bank statement was an eye opener when she saw how much of her hard earned money was spent on none other than fast food. Yikes!
With boundaries, valuable lessons are found in the work place.I remember my first job and all that I learned. I wrote a little bit about it here. What do you remember about your first job?
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