Sorry. There's no other thread I can think of that quite addresses this. I found out yesterday that kids in Texas can get a summer job at age 14. I found this out from a young lkady who's the daughter of a high level exec where I work. She's had a job since she was fourteen years old. She's grounded, funny, has a great work ethic, and seems to have a very healthy view of material things. This got me thinking. By this summer, DS will be legally eligible to work (with a ton of constraints -- number of hours, type of work, etc, are very restricted at 14.) But still. I thihk that getting a job might be a really good way to teach him some valuable life lessons, and to boost his self esteem. But I don't know. I didn't get my first job until I was 19. Does anybody here have experience with and/or strong opinions about kids working at relatively young ages? Any input will be considered. Just to be clear. I'm talking about a summer job with max 20 hours a week at work. At 14, those are the limits. He wouldn't be allowed to work during the school year or a work full 35-40 hour week until he was older.