Recommendations about teens and jobs

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Recommendations about teens and jobs

Stephen Wallace: Jobs for teens are actually a double-edged sword. They’re good because they inspire self-direction and motivation and confidence and responsibility. And of course they come with spending money that we as parents don’t have to provide. So these are all good things. On the other hand, there’s been some research that shows that young people with jobs are more likely to engage in other adult-like behaviors such as underage drinking and drug use that maybe a result of the stress of the job or simply because they’re hanging out with co-workers who are adults and are engaging in those activities. Also jobs can distract young people from more important activities like school work, the arts, extra-curricular activities or athletics. So we need to be careful to make sure that there’s balance in their life if they are going to hold a job. And the last but not the least, we want to make sure that they get enough sleep. If they’re going to school all day and then coming home and working a night job, getting home late, not getting enough rest, that can detract from their schoolwork and their social activities.
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Stephen Gray Wallace, MS Ed

School Psychologist & Author

Stephen Gray Wallace, director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE), has broad experience as a school psychologist and adolescent and family counselor. He is also the senior advisor for policy, research, and education at SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), an organization he served as national chairman and chief executive officer for more than fifteen years. 

Stephen serves the Cape Cod Sea Camps as a resident camp director and the director of counseling and counselor training and the American Camp Association as a feature magazine writer, media spokesperson and faculty member at its e-Institute for Professional Development, a role he also plays for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The White House, the American Camp Association, SADD, Camping Magazine, and the Susquehanna University Alumni Association have formally honored Stephen for being a tireless and passionate advocate for youth.

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