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at what age should my teenager get a job

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Asked by hotmoma123 at 6:10 PM on Dec. 21, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • I would say 16 or 17.

    Answer by Snewo at 6:10 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • 16, I had a job at 14, right when I turned 14 and I would say I was too young. When your child works you also give them responsibility and freedom all at once, so I would say a 16yr old can handle that responsibly.

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 6:13 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • I had my first job at 13 working a concession stand at the flea market on the weekends, I had to work to pay for the bill on the pager I wanted for my birthday. There are always odd jobs kids can do but nowadays they wanna shut down lemonade stands of 5 year olds because they don't have a permit SMDH!

    Answer by 405mom at 6:14 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • i think when they r able to work ..when i was 14 i worked but where i lived they changed u have to get work permits through school and there is so many stipulations..but my son is 16 and hes looking now for a job

    Answer by honesty33 at 6:16 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • If they can detassle in your area I say 12 but if not I say as soon as they can find a job that they can be hired at

    Answer by Moms_Angels1960 at 6:29 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • If my son wants to work as a teenager, he can when turns 16. I have worked since I was 17. I want my son to focus on school though.

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 6:34 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • When ever the state allows them. Her ein Utah its 6 so 16 but minimum hours

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 6:56 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • I think 16 is a good age. IF they can find a job. When I grew up every application I put in I got the job. Now I'm not sure if it works like that any more. Even for minimum wage jobs.

    But 10 hours a week after school or on weekends would be great. And 30 to 40 hours a week during the Summer wouldn't be too bad either. Make sure you show your child how to handle the money too. Like if they need to save some for college or a car, etc. It's good for kids to learn work ethic, but they also need to learn how to manage the money,

    Answer by Erica_Smerica at 6:58 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • I say 15 or 16. I worked at mcdonalds at 15...i loved it. met so many great ppl

    Answer by Amberlovesher3 at 7:08 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • Whenever they're ready, but probably no later than 16. I had my first job at 14 working at a pizza place (answering phones, taking orders, making food waiting tables). If they're grades aren't that great, then you should limit the hours they work during the week and make sure grades don't decline. If they're also doing other things (sports, extracurricular) then probably only a job during summer.

    Answer by SherriPie at 8:42 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

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