What? Your son or daughter wants to work? Really? Let them! Work is a good thing. It teaches our kids responsibility. It teaches them to be on time, do quality work, and manage their time and money. But, working can also be a distraction, can’t it? When they start making money, it can become an idol. It can take them away from church. Most states have restrictions for student workers, but, even still, set rules. Determine what grades they have to maintain in order to keep working. Help them save, spend, and tithe their money. And require them to be a part of family time when they’re off. But, ultimately, remind them to do their work “as … doing it for the Lord,” which is an amazing testimony these days (Colossians 3:23 NCV).

Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Suggested Reading: Colossians 3:23-24