As warmer weather approaches, and summer just around the corner, one question you may be facing is “Should my teen get a summer job?”
Today we will provide you with some practical insight that could help launch your teen’s career early.
With today’s teenagers the old adage “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” certainly rings true. With summer approaching teens are going to have a lot of time on their hands to engage in mischief.
How Can I Prevent My Teen From Idle Hands?
To prevent “idle hands,” you may be faced with the question of whether or not your teen should get a summer job.
My advice to you would be to embrace this question and consider tasking your child with lining up a summer job.
What Steps Do I Take Helping My Teen Get a Summer Job?
First, you should consider starting early. In some cases he can begin as early as September. If your teen begins the school year knowing he must have a job by the summer; he will be more prone to spend his extra time planning, researching, and filling out applications.
Second, encourage him to think about a summer job with a long-term approach. Requiring your child to be proactive in getting a summer job will not only give him a sense of responsibility, but he may find a job that could turn into a career.
Additional Resources to Help with Idle Hands
Perhaps your teen is too young to get a job. It is still important to set high standards in teaching your son or daughter a proper work ethic. Below are some links to helpful articles to address this issue in your home:
- 4 Parenting Myths in Today’s Culture
- How to Help Your Teen Achieve High Standards
- Do You Have Low Expectations for Your Teen
Conversation Starter: What are some strategies you suggest when helping your son or daughter find a summer job?