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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #30 on: September 15, 2014, 12:07:21 PM »
I agree that it depends on the individual. Some people can manage balancing a lot of things at once, others have to remain focused to be successful. Neither is right or wrong, it just depends on each individual. If someone has to choose, I would always choose education!

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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2014, 08:47:50 AM »
It depends on the individual and on the individual needs, there are people who really need the money or else they can't study or support their family while others are in just for some extra cash.

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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #32 on: September 22, 2014, 12:37:09 AM »
I have 2 teenage daughters,16 and 19, and in my experience I think it depends on the individual child. My daughters are very different. My 19 years old couldn't wait to get a job, but when she did she had trouble juggling school, homework,a part time job and just hanging out with friends. I saw aspects of her life start to fall apart and we immediately had her cut down her hours at work to just 8 to 10 hours a week. She wanted to save for a car but she even realized it was too much on her.

My 16 year old on the other hand is doing just fine juggling the things she has on her plate. She is working and doing well in school and is keeping up with her studies without any problems. So I think it is very individualized. We keep an eye on these issues on a regular basis to monitor all is going smoothly. :)

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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #33 on: September 23, 2014, 11:06:48 PM »
Teenagers are supposed to study rather than work. I think studying is one of the best thing a teenager can do as it will lead them to a very bright and happening future. Certain people need to work to support themselves as well as the family. However, they must know hoe to take care of their studies simultaneously. Neglecting your studies and working would sound fine in the beginning, but in the later years one would definitely repent for his mistake.


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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #34 on: September 25, 2014, 06:58:24 AM »
I agree with that shilpa, that would be ideal, but some teens have no other option, but to work as well, they need the money so online is a good solution.

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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #35 on: October 02, 2014, 12:49:22 PM »
Well as opposed to just killing time playing games or whatever, sure, I think earning money would be a better pursuit...and I think the majority of teens would be open to it, though getting them to *save* that money or spend it wisely is another task altogether. But I think that should be reserved for after studying, as that's important, too.

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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #36 on: October 16, 2014, 07:46:02 AM »
Now you touched a sensitive spot Jessi, students do have a lot of free time that they use to party or play games, so why not work instead?

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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #37 on: October 21, 2014, 01:03:25 PM »
I would say that the answer to that depends on an individual's goals or aspirations. Some students prefer spending their free time doing what they love or having fun. Others will take advantage of the free time they have to make extra cash online. This is the best way to go. However, I think that there should be a balance between setting enough time for studying and setting aside some time to work online.

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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #38 on: October 21, 2014, 01:50:57 PM »
I think that as long as the grades are up there, they can choose how to spend their free time, whether they want to study harder, play games or have another hobby/passion.
If their grades start to slip though, then all the free time should go towards studying for the grades to improve.

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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #39 on: October 24, 2014, 12:24:50 PM »
That's right, students can't forget that they are students and this means that they need to have good grades or else they are in risk to work and lose their effort.

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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #40 on: October 24, 2014, 06:30:06 PM »
Honestly think that teens should be given the opportunity to work while going to school.  I know it may seem like it may be too much to handle, but you can't automatically assume and rule it out before the teen has actually tried it.  If after a while it turns out to be problematic, then absolutely, the teen needs to quit refocus solely on school.  However, if the teen excels, let him/her continue to do both.  There is no harm in it at all.  The job, itself, could prove to be more of a learning experience than just money their pocket.  It co

In the long run, getting that experience in the workplace might allow for somewhat of an advantage to the teen.  For example, while I was in high school, my parents wouldn't let me work.  Not even during the summer.  However, many of my close friends worked throughout the last 3 years of high school.  The summer before we all went to college, all my friends and I set out on a mission to find jobs to save up a little spending cash for college in the fall.   Within that first week of searching, 4 out of 7 of my friends had a job.  A couple of days later, another friend had a job.  Needless to say, I didn't get a job that summer and neither did my other friend.  The reason being, when compared to my other friends that found jobs, a lack of work experience.  Not the best feeling, but I got over it. 

Ultimately, not allowing your teen to have the opportunity to have a job, is giving him/her an unfair advantage when being compared to peers, friends, etc.  It is not a risk at all; it's either the teen can do it or he/she can not.  No harm, no foul.

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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #41 on: December 06, 2014, 07:51:07 AM »
I also think it depends on the status of the student or the grades or standing in school.
If the student can manage his/her time and priority properly, it will be just fine to do some jobs to earn some money for the things he or she will be needed whether it is for the school or for personal needs.

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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #42 on: March 19, 2015, 01:31:53 AM »
Same here. I really regret those days when I had such a lot of free time during high school and college, specially on vacations, I should have invested my time on making money online rather than just fooling around on Facebook and other social media platforms.

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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #43 on: March 19, 2015, 02:37:08 AM »
I totally agree. Where I'm from, high school students DON'T work at all, and even in college, only the more proactive ones do. Then all of a sudden we're expected to get internships and jobs, with NO prior work experience. It's a pretty bad system

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Re: Teens Working Vs. Free Time/Studying
« Reply #44 on: March 27, 2015, 07:07:43 AM »
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Do you think it's wise for student teens to spend their free time earning cash in lieu of cherishing their free time and/or studying? Or should they just stick with their free time and/or studying when they have the chance?

First, so you understand my biases:   I am in my early 30's.  I worked offline during high school and college.  I have a young teen child (who only visits, doesn't live with me full time).  I find classwork to be either fun/interesting or too easy/boring and so does my daughter.  Neither of us study in our free time.  We do the work required for the class, take the test, and don't think about it at other times. 

I think if someone's grades are fairly good (mid-B range and up, not barely a B), extra time spent studying isn't worth the effort, especially if they do not ALSO enjoy the process. 

I think during other parts of a person's life, they will be balancing multiple things - work, social life, classes.  I'm way beyond college age but I still take occasional classes or learn on my own about subjects that interest me.  I have to work for pay (which I do online).  I have a social life to juggle and family obligations.  That was true for me in high school, during college, and is still true now.

I think teens absolutely should practice balancing those three aspects of life while they're still living at home.  My daughter does her classes online.  She's 13, in 8th grade for most classes but taking 9th grade english and math.  She has a very demanding cheer practice and game schedule in the summer and fall.  In the winter/spring, she takes martial arts.  She plans her social life and free time - a monthly book club, time hanging out with friends at the mall or rec center, time with her grandparents, minecraft.  She does chores (which earn her money), walks a neighbor's dog during the week at lunchtime (cash pay), and does occasional gig-work such as shoveling snow in the neighborhood.  She is learning how to balance all of those things.  I'm sure once she gets a little older, she probably WILL do some of her working online.  I'll encourage it.  She's already shown an interest in improving her typing speed for transcription and doing book reviews.

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