My very first job was working on my aunt’s ice cream truck. During the hot Florida summers, I’d ring the bell and yell “Ice Cream!!” out the little side window. She also made me double as a tutor for elementary school kids.
I was only 13 and although I can barely remember, I’m sure my “pay” was little more than $10 or $20. A couple years later, I was working at McDonald’s. I’ve worked ever since, either during the summers as a student or year-round. I still remember this being a point of tension for my parents.
Mom: “I think she should work.”
Dad: “She’s going to have to work the rest of her life. There’s no need to rush into it.”
I’m not sure who was right.
Do you think kids should start working as soon as they are old enough? Is it, at the age of 15, an essential step in financial literacy? Or, are these things young people will eventually learn anyway, perhaps while working a part-time job while in college?