All of our kids have worked some temporary part time jobs

All of our kids have worked some temporary part time jobs that did not seem to have many drawbacks and did help them.

Our DD is a very popular babysitter (when she is not busy with social things) and she worked at a fireworks stand this summer.

DS #1 worked for a friend who is a custom cabinet maker.

DS #3 worked for a friend who has a number of rent houses and he cleaned up after renters moved out, yardwork and painting, etc:

All of those situations had a lot of benefits about learning to work, flexible hours and limited paychecks.

But the situation that was bad was DS #2 started working at Burger King a few months after he turned 16. He was gone way too much and he earned too much money for a kid and got used to having lots of pocket money. He is a great young man but if I could change the past, I would not of allowed him to get that kind of job.