The girl is now 16.
I have no idea where the years went.
This summer, she'll take driver's training. Because surgery last year, she spent last summer recuperating and strengthening her knee. She's doing fine,
and I thought, awesome! Sure, her summer was pretty devoid of anything but physical therapy, but now! She can get her permit and drive herself to her summer job. I figure it's time she gets a job, so she understands the sweet sting of sweat on her brow . . . maybe she'll get a job in the banana stand, I don't know.
The husband and I hadn't really discussed this, but I assumed we were on the same page-ish. I worked starting when I was 15, and he had also worked some in high school. She already works an hour a week at her school store, so she's got some idea of making a wage. The husband didn't work in college; I did. He's something of a workaholic; I also feel like work is vital. We both think the girl has it pretty soft.
Except not so soft that when I suggested she get a job a few days a week this summer, the husband countered with, "What? Why?"
He is of the opinion, which I get, that her job is to study and do well in school. She's going to be taking college entrance exams, so she needs to focus on that. If she can get an internship to learn about a job, that's fine. But slinging ice cream cones or working at the mall? Why? I didn't have a real answer to that except that I had worked when I was her age, so of course she would. Don't all teenagers work? He responded with, "And what did that give you, except the feeling that you ALWAYS have to be working?" I don't know. Money and sore feet and nightmares from working in a restaurant? A crippling sense of inadequacy when I'm not working?
So I ask you:
1. Did you work in high school?
2.a. Do you think it's important that teens work?
2.b. Will you / have you made your kids work?
3. Would you be interested in hiring a very smart teenager who has pretty decent musical taste and can possibly make change, or at least make notes in a ledger that a sale has been transacted?