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Teen Wants a Summer Job

Toddler and Teenager Expert Advice from Carleton Kendrick, Ed.M., LCSW

Q: Our 15-year-old daughter is interested in getting a summer job. I understand that she wants to earn money to buy a used car, but her father and I rely on her to watch her younger siblings. Also, I don't want this job to interfere with the cheerleading camp she'll be attending.

If we can find her a part-time job on the weekends and for a few hours during the week, that's fine. Still, I don't really see the point of her working just yet. Shouldn't my daughter spend this summer just being a kid?

A: Honor your daughter's efforts to work during the summer so that she can buy her own car. You're not out of line for encouraging her not to work so much during the summer, but insisting that she only work a certain number of hours is not necessary. She'll decide how much she wants to work in order to fit other activities into her schedule.

It's rather unfair to expect her to spend the summer looking after her siblings. I encourage you to find alternative childcare arrangements so that your teenager doesn't feel like she's responsible for their daily care.

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Carleton Kendrick has been in private practice as a family therapist and has worked as a consultant for more than 20 years. He has conducted parenting seminars on topics ranging from how to discipline toddlers to how to stay connected with teenagers. Kendrick has appeared as an expert on national broadcast media such as CBS, Fox Television Network, Cable News Network, CNBC, PBS, and National Public Radio. In addition, he's been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, USA Today, Reader's Digest, BusinessWeek, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and many other publications.


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