A lot of families grow up struggling to make ends meet. Typically within these families, the children are expected to get jobs as soon as they are eligible to apply anywhere in order to assist with the family’s overall income. While these kids may see this as a disadvantage at the time that hinders their social life or after-school activities, having a job when you are younger is actually extremely beneficial for many reasons.
Therefore, even if you are parents who are able to fully provide and pay for everything your family needs and then some, it is still important to teach your children the value of having a job.
Kids who get jobs at an earlier age learn the value of a dollar. They learn that their hard work will come with benefits and that slacking won’t get them very far. Contrast this with kids who never have to work a day in their life. Who do you think will actually be more prepared for the real world once they enter the career force after graduating from college? Kids who have jobs and make their own money also often value their belonging more, especially if they purchase them with their own money.
Buying anything is an investment, and if you are paying $100 of your own money to buy that pair of shoes that you’ve always wanted, you better believe that those shoes will be better-taken care of then if someone’s parents bought them for no other reason besides that they can afford it.
Kids whose parents are able to fully provide for all of their financial needs and excess luxuries are not to be looked down upon because they are privileged. However, they should still learn the value of responsibility and earning their own money so that they can appreciate everything a bit more.