I'll be supporting my kids in getting some casual work...but will be pretty strict on how many hours they can work (ideally, 1 shift per week). However, it will depend on their sport as well as DS is heavily into Karate and will have his black belt when he is quite young and then will be teaching (assistant teaching) at least 2 classes per week...i do think this will teach him many "working" skills.
I was a macca's chick...and still have many friends from when i worked there. Also, it was good to have a "3rd place" so that if something went wrong at school, i had another source of friends.
I would also look at supporting him in getting some extra casual work over the school holidays rather than in term time...or encourage him to work in Year 8/9/10 but not for senior years.
Not sure...will decide case by case basis.
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11-08-2012 18:30 #11Senior Member
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11-08-2012 18:34 #13
Both my sister and brother believe that your kids shouldn't work and study. Dh and I both wanted our kids to work and learn the work study balance before they hit uni.
11-08-2012 18:34 #14
Our teenage son does not work although he has been offered a junior (very junior lol) coaching job for the Summer so I think he will take that on as it's over the Xmas holidays and won't interfere with school.
Otherwise, he is aiming for an OP1 so study plus sport doesn't leave much time for working during term time, at this stage anyway.
11-08-2012 18:35 #15
I just thought i would add that DD1 wouldn't be able to study her uni course if she didn't work.
11-08-2012 18:37 #16
I worked every week at a pub (bistro, so restaurant/waitressing/barwork/washing dishes) every Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30, Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 to 11 (breakfast in the rooms), Friday from 5 to 8:30, and Saturday from 4 to 10pm. I did babysitting on weekends and through the week if it wasn't late nights, but pretty much only babysat through the week if people wanted an hour or so to do sports, small town meant it wasn't much for them to drop me home after or for my mum to pick me up until I had a licence. It was great, never interfered with study time and gave extra money. Babysitting was casual and the other hours were regular so easily worked around.
11-08-2012 18:38 #17
It depends on the child...
If DD is a studious child with extracurricular activities then maybe a job could be distracting..
Or maybe she will struggle and will need extra tutoring...
It really does depend on the individual IMO...
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11-08-2012 18:38 #18
Hmmm, I don't know. Even at the ages they are now, our kids are so busy with school and sport/music! I can only imagine how much busier they will be then. For the older ones at least, sport is a very important and healthy part of their lives, part of who they are and I will encourage them to stick with it until they leave school. For DD, it's music and dance. If they have time to work a few hours a week then great. It depends where we are living too, because at the moment we are an hour away from school which would make it tricky until they get their licenses.
DS1 does already get some work experience working at the pool with me
I always thought it was a good idea to keep teenagers busy and broke!
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I don't see why not, as long as it doesn't interfere with their school work.
11-08-2012 18:39 #20
Great idea! I worked part time 15-20 hours a week from the age of 14 until I finished school. I often worked full time during school holidays too. It enabled me to pay my own way for a lot of things (including schoolies)!
I did well, and got an OP 5 and into my first choice at uni. It has made me appreciate money and it's worth I think.
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