We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My first grubby job was delivering packages on a bike for 25 cents per trip. Then Western Union telegrams. A friend once asked me if I had delivered "singing" telegrams. I said "Yes. 'da de da de da. Susie and the kids are dead, cha, cha, cha". She didn't think that was funny. After that I joined the Marines. Talk about grubby. But fun.
Agreed. Grubby jobs reduce the sense of entitlement. It appears that teens these days have a greater sense of entitlement than teens used to, courtesy of the "everyone is a winner and gets a medal" culture they have grown up in. It is no accident, that fewer teens are working those menial jobs that teens used to do.
Great article, from the standpoint of 'work is good for kids', but misses several key points.
The lack of teens working jobs is almost entirely related to several things. First, the increased minimum wage, which makes it expensive for a business owner to hire an untried and untrained kid, but makes an adult working two jobs who is devoted to making money more attractive. Secondly, the regulations surrounding kids working is very problematic. I NEVER had working papers. Today, if you are under 18, you must have working papers. It's a chicken and egg problem, in some cases. To get the papers, you need to have a business offer to 'sponsor' you. But to get that offer, some businesses put restrictions on that offer, making it somewhat more difficult to get.
I worked my first job at 13. I was doing all kinds of dirty odd jobs at 14. Today, you can't even do the odd jobs because of government regulations (see my post earlier this week about shoveling snow).
Kids getting jobs isn't just a rich vs. poor problem that some people seem to think it is. It is the "I want to work but the government has put up tons of restrictions to my working" problem far more often than not.
This is why we have cattle and horses. It certainly isn't because we "make" money at it. (lol)
Nothing like putting 8T of hay away on what is always the hottest day in July/Sept to teach you work ethic.
Nothing like shoveling crap 3-4X a week and taking care of animals in all sorts of weather/ illness (their's and your own) to teach one humility and responsibility.
It keeps them out of rehab and from playing video games 24/7.
It also keeps them from dating because teenage boys are lazy wimps and my daughters can beat the crap out of them. (lack of alphas).
As for teenage jobs: not only is it almost impossible due to working papers, but finding someone that will take the risk to hire a fresh teenager and not get sued when that special snowflake gets injured.
My oldest daughter didn't get a job til she graduated high school, because the jobs available to her were not willing to let her use the meat-slicer or hot oil fryer. (she also has lack of work ethic because she was switched at birth, definitely not blood relative of mine and mr. fjord's)
My middle daughter found her "thing" which is horses, got a job with a local racehorse owner/trainer.
She has a summer job cleaning stalls, grooming/bathing horses, packing hooves, cleaning tack and tacking up horses for exercise. This is in addition to her own training/cleaning/grooming of her own horses.
The feds were pushing the "kids can't work to help their own family farm" regs because SAFETY. Avoiding dangerous situations doesn't make one safer and conscious of what can go wrong, it increases it. They were also pushing a banning of letting kids under 17 work with large animals due to safety. This would effectively end 4H and FFA programs. Which are faith based, community based and responsibility and good citizen creators.
Can't have kids learning at a young age that you can accomplish hard things if someone gives you the freedom to do so.
My grubby job was working summers in a carbon black plant warehouse to earn money for college. That fine black powder went *everywhere*. I used to have a picture of me toward the end of second shift and at first glance I was black enough to look like I was from Uganda. I coughed black stuff up until around Christmas. It taught me a *lot*, not the least of which was why I was pursuing a degree.