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May 23, 2014

Two teens advised to get summer jobs

NORMAN — Q: I am 16 and want to get a job so I can have my own spending money. My parents want me to wait. They say I will work for the rest of my life, and they are able to provide for me. How can I get them to understand?

— Tricia

Dear Tricia,

We applaud you for wanting to take the responsibility of getting a job. You could possibly make a list of the reasons why you want to work, making sure to put things on that list such as experience with others, money management, knowledge, the feeling of satisfaction one gets from paying for something of their own, etc. Try to sit down and explain these reasons.

It also would probably be better received if your job didn’t interfere with your family’s life. For example, if your parents go to work in the mornings and you come in late at night, this won’t be easy on them.

Perhaps a compromise could be that you would work only part time this summer, and you can revisit the situation prior to school starting. There are so many positive aspects to working in the summer.

Q: I am about to turn 16 and my parents are demanding that I get a job to pay for gas and upkeep on my car. I really don’t think it is fair that I am going to have to work all summer when my friends are hanging out. How can I convince them to not make me work?

— Ben

Dear Ben,

No luck here, Ben. Stop acting like a spoiled, entitled kid with your hand out and get out there and find a job. Why do you think your parents should have to work to give you money to hang out with your friends? We think they should make you pay for the car, the insurance, the gas and the tires.

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