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Are Britain’s teens lazy?

Are Britain’s teens lazy?

Do you have a teen at home? If you do, do they have a part time job? Be it a waitressing job, a paper round or a job at the local shop Saturday (weekend) jobs can have both benefits and disadvantages for teens.

Esther McVey, the Work and Pensions Secretary has proposed that after Brexit, the government should bring back 'Saturday jobs'. Esther said she doesn't think that teens are“lazy” but notes that there has been a “significant decrease” in the number of teenagers working on a Saturday. But what do you think? Are jobs a good tool to teach kids “soft skills” needed later in life or are they a distraction from school?

A 16-year-old student Marie-Therese from Oxford said "As a 16-year-old I have been working as a food runner in an upscale pub for a few months now.”

"I work Saturdays and some Sundays and honestly, I struggle to balance my A-level work with my paid work.”

"The ever increasing pressure from school to focus on schoolwork is really difficult to balance with the stress that comes with working in a very busy pub and I only continue to work due to the need for money."

On the flip side many parents argue that jobs detach teens from their phones and provide a good early work ethic and values for money and earning. Jobs can also be a place to make friends and interact with people of different ages. 

What are your thoughts? Do you have a teen with a job and do they enjoy it? Or are you happy to let your child focus solely on school? Let us know @UKMumstv

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