|Paying Teenagers||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:20:56 -0800 (PST)|
I'm conflicted about the issue of paying teenagers to help with tasks that an adult community member would just do for me, like taking out my trash and recycling when I'm sick. Running across the street to the market. Helping me repot plants. Break up the ice in my parking space. It seems clear that if I ask a 15-year-old to come work for an hour or two to help with chores that I would pay them. But if another person would just clear off the snow on my car gratis or grab my trash when taking out theirs, should I pay a teenager to do it? Since I want teenagers to feel more like members of the community, why not expect them to be part of the community? There is some line here that is blurry. Since they are often saving money for something, they need money. Sometimes to pay for their own phone or a new bicycle helmet or something their parent has said yes but you have to earn the money. Since they are in school and often helping at home as well, having a job is not practical. So paying teenagers is helping them earn the typical teenage necessities and it's helping the parents as much as the teens. What do other communities do about this? Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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