Should parents encourage their children to get part-time jobs in high school?

  • Kids need to learn real world responsibility.

    Yes, parents should always encourage their kids to get part time work as soon as they're old enough to do so in high school. This is the reality we live in today, you need to start learning the ins and outs of how to support yourself as early as possible.

  • Job experience is important.

    Yes, parents should encourage their children to get part-time jobs in high school, because work at an early age teaches a lot of helpful lessons. Students who work learn how to manage their time. It teaches the children to be grateful for all of the things that their parents have done for them. It also helps build their resume.

  • Learning about work

    Yes, I think parents should encourage their children to get part-time jobs throughout school, including high school. I understand that high school is tough and demanding, but you don't have to take on a lot of work, you can find a job that only requires a few hours per week. Nothing will teach the kid about work ethics than having a job and working.

  • Yes they should.

    Parents should encourage their kids to get a part time job during high school because this will help them get ahead in life and also give them a chance to be able to pay for college without having to take out any student loans. In the long run it will pay off.

  • Need to work

    Unfortunately, we live in a society where work experience means everything, even if this means horrible, soul-sucking, low-wage paying retail. The only time people should be forced to work in a retail environment is in high school, and hopefully they can gain managerial experience as years go by, preparing them for a future in real work.

  • No they should not.

    Drawbacks of Teens Holding a Part-Time Job

    There are also negative consequences of teen employment that may outweigh the positive benefits, such as:

    Less time for homework. Working students may not have or make the time to complete their work.
    Higher rates of absenteeism and less school involvement. Employment may place constraints on the student’s study and sleep time. Fatigue or lack of preparation for the day’s academic activities may discourage the working teen from going to school and a job may take the place of extracurricular activities.
    Lower grades in school. Students who work more than 20 hours a week have grade point averages that are lower than other students who work 10 or less hours a week.
    More likely to use drugs and alcohol. Research suggests that substance abuse is higher for students who work 20 or more hours per week.
    Development of negative views of work itself. Early entry into a negative or harsh work environment may encourage negative views of work. This would depend greatly on the maturity level of the teenager and the type of job obtained.
    Increased stress. Balancing work and school can prove to be too much for any student.
    Research seems to suggest that students that work 10 hours or less a week gain the benefits of employment, while students that work over 20 hours a week suffer the negative consequences of work mentioned above. Other factors that affect how students handle employment and school life include the intensity and difficulty of the work done.

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