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From: MaryW
Date: 07-24-2007, 12:48 PM (1 of 13)
My grandson Jordan got his first job! It is warehouse work. Lugging, digging, etc. but he is doing ok. He is at the stage (16 yrs. old) where he thinks it is ok to lay around all day playing games on the computer.

He goes home tired, dirty and starving. Finally learning the meaning of the word WORK. It is only for the summer but hey, it will be a big learning experience for him.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 07-24-2007, 12:55 PM (2 of 13)
I think it is good for kids to work hard. Not only does it keep them busy and too tired to get in much trouble it gives them the satisfaction on having a bit of money they earned themselves and it really boosts self esteem.
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 07-24-2007, 01:11 PM (3 of 13)
I'm happy for him & you Mary.

My DS 18 just applied for a dishwasher job at the college by us. DD's friend works there & said he probably has the job. DH tried to discourage him because it is minimum wage & he needs his help right now. I am glad he went for it. All kids need to learn how to apply & interview for a job & work for someone who is not family. Besides we can't support him forever.
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From: vickki
Date: 07-24-2007, 01:16 PM (4 of 13)
I think it's good for kids to work at physical labor,maybe a lot who is capable will work harder in school.
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From: Magot
Date: 07-24-2007, 02:28 PM (5 of 13)
Well done Jordan! Rosie (20) is working for the summer in a laundry and has sworn that she really needs to get her quaifications! That and she likes the money!

I expect Jordan will too.

How are you getting on "empty-nesting" all over again?
love and kisses, Jan
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From: dmoses
Date: 07-24-2007, 02:57 PM (6 of 13)
Both of my kids have their first 'real' jobs this summer, also. They've done odd jobs before...babysitting, mowing...and shared a newspaper route a few years ago, but this is the first time they've had to interview and go through the process.

My son is working in a local supermarket, and my daughter is an office assistant. She had it easier than the son, because she had connections...her job is with the company that my husband works for...different department, though, and they rarely see each other. She is getting better pay, but fewer hours than my son, so he is actually earning almost twice as much as she is. He even got a raise the other day! :wink:

He's very good at saving his earnings...he will need it for college this year. Hopefully, the store will keep him on in the fall while he is going to school.

She has been wanting to shop, shop, shop, so we had to put a cap on her spending. :bluewink: If she can get early release from school this year(she only needs three courses to graduate), her job will be extended throughout the school year. The only problem is that the office is a little far, and I have to take her there(three afternoons a week), since she doesn't drive. For the first time in my life I am driving on the highways...scares the heck outta me! :whacky:
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From: lendube
Date: 07-24-2007, 03:22 PM (7 of 13)
Good for him! Hope he doesn't burn out too soon.

My ds is 24 and finally has had a great job for the last 2 years installing wireless internet. What does he do in his free time ~~~~ gaming online! He said that's why he and his boss hit it off so well. They both love cars and online gaming. Regrettably it's integrated into our culture and it's not just for kids anymore. :nervous:

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From: dmoses
Date: 07-24-2007, 03:29 PM (8 of 13)
I forgot to give my congrats to Jordan!

I agree with Vickki...outside, physical labour is great for kids, and anyone, really, who has the strength and health to do it. It's hard to do anything like that for very long here in Houston, because of the heat, but when I lived back in Canada, I always felt tired and achy, but GOOD, after a few hours of mowing or shovelling snow.
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From: Bama
Date: 07-24-2007, 04:10 PM (9 of 13)
Yay Jordan! I think it will be good for him.
My DS got his first real job this summer too. (besides doing yard work for his grandparents) He was working at a Dollar Store. He got fired for smashing some guy's cookies when he bagged his groceries and things. It turned out to be the owner's nephew. I'm sure there was more to it than that, but that's his story. :re:
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From: Sancin
Date: 07-24-2007, 05:19 PM (10 of 13)
Good for Jordon! Congratulate him for me.

I believe work is necessary for the soul. Look at all those who have had difficulty either being laid off or unable to find work.

For young people for those who have difficulty learning, it is a tremendous lift for self esteem and for those who learn easily low paid or boring work is a great incentive to stay in school. There are groups of young and late teens that hang out where I live near a high school. When I see them all hanging around all I can think about is how boring it must be and how bored they look -they even look bored looking for excitment!!

My children's summer jobs or volunteer jobs during summers led to career choices to them. While my son worked at a sawmill clean up job he volunteered to help some friends at a summer fringe theatre and now he has his own company doing all sorts of lighting and design for live theatre and/or media and travels with big name entertainers! He started out wanting to be a political science writer!

My daughter's jobs at McDonalds and ilk led to her definitely want more education. She is now a health researcher. She was not sure what she actually wanted to be until later in university, as long as it was not a service job :dave:
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
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From: esrun3
Date: 07-24-2007, 06:38 PM (11 of 13)
Great news Mary! Good for Jordan!

My kids all had jobs the minute they were old enough to get hired in somewhere and before that they babysat, mowed yards, etc. Never hurts them to lean good work ethics I work with my dd and it's kind of funny to listen to her fume about her coworkers who don't come into work routinely or leave early or don't work when they are there. Guess mama did good-she's 25 and her coworkers slacking off irks the heck out of her-especially because she gets more work because she can get it done!
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From: MartySews2
Date: 07-25-2007, 12:35 AM (12 of 13)
Congratulations to Jordan, Mary. I know that you are very proud of him. He's certainly come a long way. My DD has her first paying job (outside of babysitting) as a camp counselor. This is the first time that she is on her own as she is 150 miles away. She is in charge of a cabin of 8 Jr High girls each week. The funniest comment that I heard her make is that "Jr High girls are so hormonal". My response was "Duh, you were hormonal at that age too and I wanted to 'kill' you some days". It's been a great learning experience for her as she has to be up every morning at 7am and get everyone else up and to breakfast by 8am. Then she has to get all of them in bed by 11pm. On the weekends, she complains of being so exhausted. Welcome to the REAL world.
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From: MotherInLaw
Date: 07-26-2007, 02:31 AM (13 of 13)
Not only is it good for Jordan it's good for Gram too. It makes you proud that he is becoming a nice young man. Go Jordan!!!
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
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