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Forget Freeloading, It’s Time To Work

Mon., June 23, 1997

I hold down an after-school job, working an average of 16 hours a week earning money to pay for my car and insurance.

From having a job, I have realized that in order to get what you want in life, you have to work for it.

There are still so many young people who need to realize that their parents won’t be there forever to give them all they need.

I think it is a good idea for teenagers to have jobs because it will help them in the future. They will be better prepared for handling money and paying bills. And they will learn that the world will not make a living for them.

Parents can help teenagers by teaching them early that not everything in life comes handed to you on a silver platter. Parents need to realize they may actually be hurting their children by giving them everything they want and not making them them work for it.

Sometimes I have felt it is unfair that my parents make me pay for everything on my car right down to the gas. But I have realized it is a privilege for me to have a car and if I really want it, then I should be responsible enough to pay for it.

I know now that my parents are trying to prepare me for the brutal real world that I will have to face on my own in the near future. I am glad that I have gained a better knowledge of the way the world works and hope that more teenagers will have the same opportunity.

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