Parents, work is important! At 16 I started working at Blockbuster Video. Sure, I was an idiot, but the importance of working outside the home, especially in a retail environment, is crucial for teens. It teaches work ethic, respect for the customer as well as other retail workers, and the value of the earned dollar. But employment is becoming increasingly difficult for teens to find, and often they are ill-prepared for interviews, applications, and assessments.
Coach them up, encourage them, and don’t be afraid when they push back. Read this: