While jobs can help teens develop the skills they will need to succeed in the workplace, too many of these “part-time” jobs hurt teens’ school performance.

The key to managing part-time work is to limit the time a student spends on the job. Remember that school schedules account for at least 30 hours each week.

Participating in one activity can easily add another 10 hours. A 20-hour work commitment makes it almost impossible for the student to have enough time to spend on studying.

If your teen wants a job, set some clear rules:

• Limit employment to no more than 10 hours a week. Do not allow your teen to work on weekday evenings.

• Insist that your teen save a significant amount of the money earned.

• Watch your teen’s grades. If they drop, insist that he cut back on his work hours.

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