Kids and jobs
Do they go together?
Do they benefit anyone?
These are the questions plaguing my mind today.
I have a son who is a senior in high school.
His dad wants him to get a job, in fact is pushing him to fill out applications; he has to get a job.
My son is beginning to show a great resistance to the pushing part of the whole process.
It’s affecting his school work, social life, and family life, as he begins to shut down and not care about anything.
I’m of a different frame of mind about the entire thing.
On the one hand, yes, I believe kids need to learn responsibility, the value of a dollar, and to learn how the ‘real’ world works.
Having said that, I’m also of the mind that these same kids we are wanting to force into the work world will have their whole lives to be ‘grown-ups’, so why not let them have a childhood.
I’m not saying they shouldn’t be taught responsibility, or the value of the all mighty dollar, or that they shouldn’t be taught some cold hard facts about how to handle that money, but is making them get part-time jobs while attending high school the way to do those things?
I’m a believer of teaching my son how to become a responsible, well adjusted, capable, caring individual through teaching him the many ways he can be those things.
Learning to cook is important and yet we don’t push our children to go to chef school.
Learning to do laundry is important and yet we don’t push our children off to a clothier.
Learning to deal with money is important and yet we don’t push our children off to an accountant.
So why do we push them out into the grown-up workforce world before they really need to be?
And that’s my one minute mind