School’s almost out and many teenagers will be working this summer. I’m a happy camper. All three of my boys should have jobs lined up for the summer (they’re young-looking aren’t they?). If your kids don’t yet, how involved should you be in helping your teenager land a job, and teaching them how to use the money they earn?
It’s an annual tradition that’s been going on for generations for teens… working that summer job. And it’s more than just making money. From mowing yards to lifeguarding… teenagers will once again be out working this summer… earning a paycheck, and learning life lessons. “I think jobs are great for kids because it helps them learn about money,” says TulsaKids Magazine Managing Editor Betty Casey. “It helps them learn about saving money and how to spend and how to budget.”
Casey believes there are many reasons why a teenager needs a summer job, including a good self-esteem and with gas so expensive, it helps contribute to the family budget, if he or she drives.
Casey says while most of the responsibility of landing a summer job should be on the teenager, parents can help their child:
- Identify potential jobs.
- Put together a resume, if one’s needed.
- And coach them on what to say during the interview. “That kind of coaching that kids don’t know, but parents do, you can really help a teenager present themselves well and give them ideas for jobs.”
And then there’s the money the teenager makes and what to do with it. Casey says it’s a great opportunity for parents to talk to their children about saving… both short and long-term… and how to spend it wisely.
My boys all have jobs. I didn’t say they’re saving and spending wisely. Let’s take it one small step at a time.