Burkems's post below got me thinking.
Once I had my driver's license, I worked once a week at a hair salon for 5 hours (answering the phone, scheduling appointments, and washing hair). My parents did not want me working many hours during the school year. In the summer time, they expected me to find something to keep me busy. I usually babysat during the summer.
Dh worked at a coffee shop when he was that age year-round.
I feel strongly about limiting my kid's work during the school year, b/c I want them to see school/academics as their "job."
What are your views?