Thursday, March 10, 2016

Your Teen Needs a Sucky Summer Job

Shoe Shiner

It’s already time for you and your teen to start thinking about lining up that summer job. Yes, you’ll probably need to help facilitate. (That thing called “initiative” is still a bit of an abstract concept for teens with underdeveloped frontal lobes.)

The good news is, the job can be bad. In fact, one might argue the crappier the better. Why? A super thankless summer job will teach your teen some or all of the following:

  • humility,
  • empathy,
  • gratitude,
  • perspective.

This article makes the case eloquently with some great examples.

So start the summer job conversation with your teen today. No need to mention the sucky parts though. Sell your teen on the extra spending money angle. The character building can be left as a secret extra bonus.

P.S. Oh, and the other great thing about your teen getting a wage paying summer job is that you can start a “Family 401(k)” — one of the smartest parental financial moves you can make. See the details here.

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