Penelope Calderon
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Should my kid work at McDonald's?!

During my senior year of high school and my freshman year of college, I worked for McDonald's. I did it all. I took orders and worked the cash register and drive-thru (when we actually had to figure out the change ourselves). My oldest teenage son is now at that same moment where he wants a job. So here’s what I think. If your teen wants to work to save up for his own car or something worthwhile and there is an available job at a fast-food restaurant, you should consider letting him/her take the job. I learned a lot from working at McDonald's and it helped me form a strong work ethic in each of my future jobs. I know fast food gets a bad rap, but for me, I think it's definitely good to have your kids know the value of hard work and earning money. What do you think?

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Delisa Hall
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Of course! Also research summer youth programs to work.

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Steve Kimbrough
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A job is a job and opportunities for a start gain your experience and move to better jobs. Always keep your options open.

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Karen Mason
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I think it would be a great experience for him and would build up confidence. good luck!!

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Sergio Pereda
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I say, if it was a good experience for you.. It will be a good experience for your son too... I too started working as a Freshman in H.S. to buy my first car... 1962 Impala sports coupe... my mother was so proud...

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Ciro Jose Chavarria
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If he is still in school let him get some experience learn responsibility and be independent on his own he will be goo

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Lydia Parker
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I started out as a dishwasher in a steak house my junior & senior year, all through the school yrs, too; graduated in the top 3, & then went on to be a teller at a bank. Then a friend of my mama's noticed my voice one day at the bank, & thought I'd be a good dj at her radio station, and so I worked all 3 jobs right when I graduated, saved up, & got out on my own as quickly as I could the next year; moved to a different state, & then worked as an administrative assistant for a large company, w no family help, or family around. All while somewhere in the midst, obtaining admission to a couple colleges. A husband and 3 kids later, I have my Bachelor's degree in Science of Psychology, and am half-way through my Master's degree in Executive Leadership and Management. It's funny how quickly our lives can be summed up in a quick ditty. Let the kid be a kid while he/she can. It goes so fast; if you've done your job as moms & pops, then the responsible, smart kids have this ny the reigns. Let em work if they want to, but don't push too fast. I was never allowed to say no to work; an enormous no-no in my family, and I feel I would have been better off understanding more about the world, and ppl and their mean & wiley ways, had I been a little better educated, other than in just academics... which is tough to do if your own experienece is limited, and you are from a very rural area... damned good thing not much scared me and I have always been a moderately confident ride or die type chick... Be sure your kids are ready; dont force.... KNOW.

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Lydia Parker
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Not criticizing, btw. Just saying that sometimes parents are done being parents before kids are ready to be done being kids; even if the kids protest otherwise.... which I did, and my parents finally bent to that... and in reality, they should've locked Ms. Pretty-Thing-Not-Knowing-So in her room, till they told her all the games that ppl play - & how to properly use my credit, financially-speaking, other than barking, "no-cash, no-buy"! THEN, and only then, after having had lessons in everything else rudimentary, like I did, should I have been taken into a different stage of being put on my own, but w Pops still close by to scare off any amorous chaps, and close by enough too, to be ALL UP IN MY BUSINESS - WHETHER OR NOT, I'd wanted it to be so - which I didn't. Strong-willed types need even more structure & iron fist - just like I did! I went through some SUPER HARD knocks bc I railed too hard against parents & grandparents, all to get out on my own & feel I could finally breathe.... at 18! WHATA JOKE! Now, I wish I had that time time back - and that body & strength back!

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I think it would be a great job for him. He would learn responsibility and hard work.

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Victoria Morgan
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I totally agree with you! My son is 16 and I think its vital he work part time so he can start to understand responsibility in the work place and good money managemen skills! It also gives him more self confidence and pride for his work.

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Maddie A
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This is great wisdom, Penelope, and I totally agree! Any job can instill a good sense of work ethic in someone. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope more people see this.

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