When should a teenager get their first job?

Updated on : December 7, 2021 by Steve Mendoza



When should a teenager get their first job?

It depends on more than age. All my children lied about their age. When they were 13 they said they were 15. Nobody checks it. Nobody wants those jobs.

I've written before about the 7-year-old who asked to mow my lawn and how those kids now have a huge landscaping business.

Lying about your age only opens the door for you. A 13-year-old must be able to behave like an adult. You cannot miss work. No antics.

When we were 13 years old, we baked hay, shook wheat, plowed fields with a three-deck plow. Those days are gone. I saw a tractor trailer pulling the head of a wheat cutter that takes 21 rows at a time. Not 13 years or

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It depends on more than age. All my children lied about their age. When they were 13 they said they were 15. Nobody checks it. Nobody wants those jobs.

I've written before about the 7-year-old who asked to mow my lawn and how those kids now have a huge landscaping business.

Lying about your age only opens the door for you. A 13-year-old must be able to behave like an adult. You cannot miss work. No antics.

When we were 13 years old, we baked hay, shook wheat, plowed fields with a three-deck plow. Those days are gone. I saw a tractor trailer pulling the head of a wheat cutter that takes 21 rows at a time. Now there are no 13 year old drivers.

In short, it's more about maturity and dedication. There are many jobs if you can do the job. Let everyone know that you are watching. You will get help.

I have thought about this. I watched my youngsters when they started.

It seems that qualifications and work should be linked. If they're doing a B-level job and above ... let them get that job. Of course, parents should know the laws of their state in this regard. I remember that the earliest they normally allow it these days is at age 16 with written parental permission.

Now of course this means they have to keep grades up and do all the other normal teen stuff too!

Now this doesn't mean that they can't do jobs like mowing the lawn, babysitting, and many other thoughts like this.

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