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Tips for Parents:  Student Employment | PDF

A job is a great way for teenagers to learn responsibility and money management.  But, if your child is asking about getting a job, there are a few important things you should consider.

Time spent for an employer is time away from studies and valuable experiences like sports or music activities.  Consider your teenager’s grades.  If they’re lower than you’d like them to be now, they’ll likely suffer more from employment. 

Teenagers need extra sleep to develop properly.  Be sure the job doesn’t require your child to be up late on school nights.

And remember, with the many activities a teenager can get involved in, they often get overloaded and stressed.  Free time for fun with friends is a valuable part of your teen’s high school experience.

For more information about student employment: 

Slaughter, Lynn.  Should Your Teen Work During the School Year?  A Cautionary Look at the Issues

Journal of Extension: Teen Employment

US Department of Labor Youth Work

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