My daughter NEVER worked until after college. My son worked from age 16. Today they are both in their 30s with spouse and children.
My daughter spends money like it grows on trees. Luckily, she is married to a guy who works hard and makes a good salary.
I doubt that is representative. My wife didn't have a job until she was 23 and is cheaper than cheap.
My story.....my first paying job was as a babysitter. I started that when I was 13, picking up my sister's scraps, but I built the business up and had several clients by the time I was 16. ($2/hr for 2 kids, $1/hr for each additional kid)
But I left that for a steady job at a grocery store, where I worked for about 18 months until I went to college (started 3.35, left at 4.25). I had two jobs through most of college (above min wage at all of them. And then a job, sometimes two, during grad school.
I haven't had a job for a total of about 8 months since I was 13. And 7 of those months were planned and the other month was just between jobs.
kids these days, I just wish they would stay off my god damn lawn!
This post was edited on 12/4 at 3:21 pm