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YJB's picture

Good piece. AJ, shoveling

Good piece.

AJ, shoveling snow is the greatest hustle for a kid.
You should let one shovel your sidewalk someday.

Larry99's picture

awesome commentary AJ.

awesome commentary AJ. ...your best piece yet!

dan's picture

Great piece - which I say,

Great piece - which I say, of course, because it repeats one of my mantras.

We need opportunities for youth (heck, for lots of adults too) to learn how to earn money, rather than to be made into dependents waited for the 'entitled' hand-out.

My parents also made sure I knew that some of that money I earned had to be put into the bank to save for long-term goals like college, or mid-term goals like a bike (okay, in my case a computer modem) or extra weeks at summer camp.

As part of my faith I also believe we need to teach/learn to set aside the first part for tithing. Those who don't share that view would still benefit by setting aside a part for charitable giving.

AJThomson's picture

I would let someone shovel

I would let someone shovel my pavement. I just thought it was a good way to end it, lest I receive an inordinate amount of snow-shovelers the next time it snows.

Kat's picture

That was great AJ.

That was great AJ.

lauraska's picture

AJ, that was awesome and

AJ, that was awesome and totally spot-on.

When I was a teenager, I was told that if I wanted to go to the movies with my friends every week, and buy the trendy clothes that I wanted, I was more than welcome to do it, but with my own money. I got my first job when I was 14, but there was a catch...my mother wouldn't sign my working papers unless I agreed to put half of every paycheck into a savings account that would not be touched until I went to college, because once I got there, I was going to be responsible for my own books and entertainment expenses. I can't tell you how many parents I hear say that they don't let their kids get jobs for a variety of reasons, most of which add up to "they'll ruin their life." It scares me! I had a part-time job throughout high school, plus I babysat on the weekends, and I managed to graduate with highest honors, play in the school band, sing in both the school chorus and the church choir, and accumulate over 400 community service hours as a candy striper. It didn't ruin my life at all. It taught me the most valuable lesson I've ever learned. I haven't had to ask anyone else for a penny since I was 21, and I attribute that ethic solely to the fact that my parents instilled it in me. It's not about whether a parent can afford to give their kid spending money, or not...which is the other excuse I hear all the time. Sure, my parents could NOT afford to give it to me (which may surprise some), but even if they could have, I think the situation would have been the same.

rtsaidred's picture

GREAT article, AJ. You

GREAT article, AJ. You should send it to the mayor's office.

shellibird's picture

I have to say that in the

I have to say that in the last few years we've had a few enterprising kids come through our neighborhood (which happens to be a semi-older crowd) after snow storms that have offered to dig our cars out for $10.00. We gladly paid them and they did a great job.

Also, I've seen kids at Pop's Playground from 8-9 to 14 years old pitch in and help to build the skate park for no pay whatsoever. Nothing more than pride in helping to create it. Just to let you know, they got a grant from Tony Hawk to help finish to skate park and it will hopefully be finished by June. Please support the playground. They're trying so hard to make it better for the kids and the neighborhood since Nutter is ingoring us.