Monday, October 12, 2015

Teens And Jobs

OK~ The local grocery store used to be filled with kids working at the check out, not anymore. The age of the person running the cash register keeps going up and up. It used to be that a stop at 7 p.m. in the evening.

So, this, of course got me thinking. Where are our kids working today? It seems that many are not working anywhere. Which leads me to believe that Mom and Dad are spending a lot of money on a lot of electronic devices. The newest Pew Study shows that 70 percent of teens own a smart phone and 95% go online everyday and use Facebook. In all reality, most teens do not own their smart phones, their parents do.

Teens and Jobs

A job of some sort is good for a teen as it teaches them how to handle money, as well as gives them the opportunities to learn and meet new people. Some may argue that kids don't need to work, as they will work the rest of their lives. Well, around here, in North Iowa, if kids don't have a part time job they are very active in sports or they are running the streets. We don't have that in between place for our teens. Maybe other communities do, but where I live, that is not the case. Our boys worked in the local pizza place, the local gun club and scooped corn in the grain bins.

I would love to see teens at the check out in the grocery store or even in a local restaurant. Anytime we have the opportunity to build up our kids, lets do it. Part time jobs are confidence builders and they also help keep our local businesses open.

If you have a teen, I'd love to hear why they are working or why they choose to not have a part time job of some sort. And the biggest question, if they are not working, how are they learning how much a smart phone costs to have a month? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


  1. You need to come shop in my town! 90% of the employees are high school kids! Around here, fast food is also a popular job, life-guarding during the summer (what my 15yo did) and is going to be again doing during the year at our wellness center! He's also done construction projects and mowed lawns! I think perhaps the bigger the town, the less you see of this! I'm proud that our 15yo has an extreme drive to work! He's always hunted out and applied and interviewed for jobs without us pushing!


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