Most teenagers don’t even need the slightest push in the back from their parents to get a part-time job as they really want to make the most out of the opportunity to earn some pocket money and become less financially dependent on their parents as soon as they can.
Getting used to the working life and understanding the value of money is really important for growing and maturing teenagers. Their part-time job serves as the first step into the adulthood. It’s something they need to be responsible for, it’s the effort they get paid for and thus, it boosts their self-value and confidence while teaching them about finances and work-life balancing.
At the same time, the topic of teen employment is quite controversial among the parents, as they worry that the school work, extracurricular activities, and preparation for college already put too much pressure and responsibility on a young person who struggles to keep up with the grades, participate in numerous engagements to improve their college admission chances, sustain a somewhat acceptable social life and deal with the insecurities and problems all teens inevitably go through.
In addition to that, the lack of part-time job offers today’s economy features and the teen’s reluctance to work instead of lounging around during summer and other school breaks and doing something they enjoy after school contributed to the general decline of the youth employment. In fact, some official resources report that less than a half of people between the ages of 16 and 24 have a part-time or a full-time job. That puts more financial pressure on adults, as well as causes lower financial responsibility and independence among the younger generation in its future.
And even though there’s no universal guidebook on teaching your kids about money and how to treat it right, summer or part-time jobs are proven to benefit both teens and their parents, especially when all the safety precautions are taken.
While no one will tell you whether you’re supposed to encourage or demand from your teen to get a job at least during the summertime and which kind of engagement will suit your kid best, you may definitely find a few reasons why you need to try to help your teenager find his way towards it.

Why and how to encourage teenagers to get a job

1. Gaining budgeting and time management skills

Once your teenager finds a job and starts paying for some of the things he wants, as well as for a fraction of his daily expenses, he’ll start developing vitally important budgeting skills and understand the value of the dollar and the amount of the hard work one has to do to provide for his living. Paying your kids for doing chores around the house might do well while they’re quite young and aren’t legally allowed to work any differently. But, nothing will crush the teenager’s illusion about the money being easily accessible than the first paycheck they earn after standing long hours at the supermarket counter, or babysitting a cranky child, or mowing several lawns a day under the scorching sun.
Besides, part-time jobs make teenagers a lot more responsible and able to manage their time better, as they’re forced to fulfill both work and school related responsibilities and fit them in the same 24-hour period.

2. Financial independence feels great

Motivate your teen to get the job using the power of financial independence. If your teenager starts making money on his own, he won’t only relieve some pressure off your shoulders, but also feel a lot more confident in his abilities and opportunities, gain some social respect and understand the pleasure of getting things he/she wants without begging the parents to spare some money on his shopping trip. And that’s highly important in the scope of boosting self-confidence, self-respect, and self-importance and raising a responsible and valuable member of society.

3. Finding the direction

Despite the fact that first teen jobs aren’t normally the dream jobs, they help teenagers understand what kinds of jobs they might want to engage in later on in their future and what kinds of jobs don’t suit their personalities.
For instance, the work in the shop might give your child and idea whether he/she likes working with people or maybe he/she would prefer something less related to communication.

4. Development of social skills

Even the process of finding a job and going through a couple of interviews with unknown people will force your teenager to overcome some communication barriers, teach him to present himself in the most flattering way and interact with people of different ages and personalities. In other words, it will help your teen come out of his shell a little bit more.
And, whether your child is going to work as a babysitter, a roofing contractor aide, a seller or a pet sitter, he’ll be exposed to a wider circle of people and learn how to communicate with them without the unnecessary awkwardness and timidity.

5. Work ethics and experience

Getting used to work under the manager’s guidance, perform the required tasks on time, making the quality of the work the highest priority and receiving unexpected bonuses due to the hard work and dedication - that’s what your teen, who’s about to move out of your house to go solo about his adult life, will learn while having a job.
Teenage work experience and positive employer references will serve as additional points in the college application and further job CV. Finally, even occasional house cleaning jobs will contribute to the development of the work ethics from the young age, which is highly important in the long-term perspective.

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Elena Sheplyakova, independent writer, blogger for < a href="">, concentrates her attention on small business issues, online marketing tips, home improvement and organization, healthy foods, family living, personal finance management, self-confidence, self-improvement ideas, useful life hacks and beauty tips.