Jodi - posted on 11/17/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )
I was reading a conversation on the Welcome Page, and was surprised at some comments that kids shouldn't have to pay for certain things themselves, and shouldn't have to get jobs and worry about paying for their bills until they graduate high school.
This really surprises me, because I always had work when I was in high school, and was also responsible for paying for certain things (it paid for me to go to the movies, clothes I wanted that weren't in the list of necessities that mum would buy, my large library of books, my magazines I like to read, and also I had to pay my parents if I was using the phone excessively, all my horse-riding gear, and so on).
To me, it taught me a huge sense of responsibility AND the value of money before I graduated high school, and I am forever thankful for that because shortly after I graduated I had to leave home, and I was well prepared for the real world.
My step-daughter is 18 and has been working part-time jobs (mostly on weekends) since she was about 16. Prior to that, she sometimes worked in our businesses for us and was paid for it. My 13 year old will probably start "officially" doing some weekend work in our business in about 12 or 18 months. He already does some extra work around the house and also helps me with some of my work to earn his money to pay for some of his extras (including his iPod Touch and mobile phone, plus movie outings with his friends).
So I guess, I am just seeking the opinions of others (and I'm curious). Do you think kids SHOULD have more responsibility by getting a job while still at high school and living at home, or do you think we should be supporting them until they graduate? What are your reasons?