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find some way of getting her to quit her job

Posted by: Paul ( McDonald's, Australia ) on June 28, 1999 at 14:10:50:

In Reply to: Help me persuade my child to leave!!! posted by mcmum on June 20, 1999 at 14:31:30:


I am a 17-year-old, currently in grade 11 in Australia and have been working at McDonald's for just over 2 years. I too am finding it very hard to keep up with school work. Just yesterday I worked 9 hours (7am-4pm), a shift that I was requested to do on 1 day's notice. With shifts like that, the time taken away from homework is much more than just 7am-4pm, it is also an early night to get up early and I was physically and mentally drained for the rest of the day. I frequently work into the late hours of the night, making school the next day a frightening proposition.
Now half-way through the year, I have become very lazy because of the irregular time I have in which to do homework and I don't look like making it through year 11, not this year anyway. I have lately been considering whether school is really worth it, or if I should leave and work full-time. But just because I know that my job is adversely affecting my school work does not mean I don't enjoy it; I love my job; I would have quit a long time ago if I didn't. I think this is the same problem your daughter is experiencing.
If you want your daughter to finish school, and if you don't want her to end up like me, find some way of getting her to quit her job, or at least working shorter or more regular hours. It may help to offer her compensation for pay she would lose as a result.

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