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Should a high school student have a job?

Lisa Cianci • May 14, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Orlando Sentinel


Should a high school student have a job? I've always said no; getting good grades IS my son's job. But now I'm rethinking my position.

This displeases my son — a high school junior — who is perfectly happy to stay jobless.

But here's the thing: Next year he will be a senior, and by next fall he will have already run the gauntlet of SATs, ACTs and college applications. He will still have to keep his grades up, but it seems to me that senior year is a good time to start bringing in some cash.

My son, who doesn't drive yet, thinks his allowance is sufficient. I asked him who he thought would be paying for his gas. He blinked at me and said, "Uh, you?"

Uh, no.

Then he countered that he had plenty of money in savings and that would cover his expenses. I did my best not to roll my eyes. His savings is for spending money while in college — not high school.

I explained to him that I started working when I was very young — washing cars and babysitting at age 12. "Yeah," he said. "But you were poor."


Clearly, we have a failure to communicate. But I feel pretty confident I can use my parental persuasion to make him see things my way.


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