First Jobs Teach Teens Invaluable Life Lessons

Posted by Gary Goldwasser on July 24, 2014.

This summer, my son started a job as a server at an assisted living facility. He is a very hard worker and has a great demeanor with the residents at the facility.
When young people work with seniors, they learn to respect and be patient with people. You may be surprised how well they interact with seniors, and the positive effects it has on them. First, you can't help but show respect for more senior-ed people. This will rub off on other parts of their lives. Secondly, the residence can't help but enjoy the company of young men and women and their energy. It makes them feel great! Finally, starting your first right job with the right company and leader helps you to be dependable and starts to create a strong work ethic that will continue throughout the many jobs you will have in the course of your life.
I realize a summer job or part-time thing may not seem like big deal to our kids, but as parents we know these first jobs teach kids lessons – lessons that are worth far more than their paychecks in the longterm.

Here are some lessons my son has already learned from his first job, and how I’ve helped him see how it applies to the big picture:
My son is learning about money management. He knows he needs a certain amount of money for his car payment on top of his fun money. Right now he only has one commitment for a payment. Once mastered he maybe able to have 2 or 3 commitments. It's the spring board to the commitments that multiply once you become an adult with a family and added responsibilities. There is going to be adversity and issues that come up in a job. I watch and see when he comes home and tells me about his day and the issues that come up. This is a great learning time to ask what he thought of the situation and how he might have handled in differently and why

Are your teenagers working this summer? If so, I would love to hear what they are doing, what they are learning, and any tips you have for helping them make the experience great. Please share your stories in the comments below.


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