MOORE — Question: I would like to have a job so I can have my own spending money. My parents want me to concentrate on academics and activities and will help out as much as they can. What is your opinion?
Answer: Dear Courtney,
This is such a great question. What we think about this is that working can be a good and positive thing for a teenager. It teaches responsibility and financial sense.
For example, if you get asked out by the most gorgeous guy in the school, yet you’re scheduled to work, guess what? You have to go to work and turn him down. However, helping your parents pay for gas, insurance, etc. for your car is a very mature and responsible action.
You should not try to work too many hours where homework time would be negatively affected, so you could tell your employer you can only work 10 hours a week, for example.
It might be the best compromise to give you some money and still allow you to maintain good grades and attendance, which at this point in your life should also be considered a job and your primary objective.
Sally Phillips and Jeannie DeLancey are certified school counselors with 49 years combined educational experience. Jeannie has two children and Sally has three. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any certain school district. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to Class Act, The Norman Transcript, P.O. Drawer 1058, Norman, 73070.