Observe the Effects of Part Time Work
A recent study of
teenagers found that those who work more hours per
week earn lower grades, spend less time on homework,
exert less effort in school, are less involved in extracurricular
activities, and report higher rates of drug and alcohol
use and delinquency.
The students who worked did not have any
advantages, compared to those who did not work, with
respect to self-reliance, work orientation, or self-esteem.
Other studies have found similar results.
You need to protect your children from
these effects, such as limiting their work to fewer than
10 hours per week. If they work, keep an eye on how it
affects their school work and social development.
Ask yourself, who are they associating
with at the workplace? Are their co-workers or supervisors
good role models? Are they people who will have a positive
effect on your child's growth and development?
What values does this work teach? Does
it promote short-term gains -- like buying the latest
smart phone -- an empty, materialist life style at the expense
of your child's education and long term development as
a quality person -- someone who will do well in his or
her future work?