hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work he goes (on a scooter?)
September 28, 2010 11:38 AM Subscribe
Should I buy my teenage son a scooter to get to work?
posted by headnsouth to work & money (53 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My son is 16 and not ready to drive. He's taken driver's ed and driven with me and I'm not concerned about his skills as a driver, but I won't let him get his license until he has a job and can pay for his insurance himself. (I want him to have some investment in the license/car/freedom.) We live in a nice compact little city where there are a good number of scooters scooting around. There are also lots of businesses within walking (skateboarding) distance, but many of them are small, indie, villagey places that make it a great place to live but not such a great place to find a job. So he may need to head out to the 'burbs and find work at Taco Bell.
Another wrinkle is that he has a good bit of anxiety related to getting a job, and he's put it off for 6 months now. I haven't pushed it because it's his money/license/freedom/independence at stake and he's eventually going to work in order to gain all those things, and because the last thing someone who's stressing about something needs is for their mom to nag them about it. I have pretty much cut him off financially though, in the sense of no more pizza money on request, no more covering admission to this or that tournament, etc. He's a good saver so he's been dipping into savings for that stuff for a few weeks now, and the upshot is that he is starting to make noises about finding a job. (He is also in school, babysits, did a week repairing houses in Appalachia last summer, etc. so although he is a typical skater-slacker, he is not a bum.)
So I'm not sure if getting him a used scooter is backing down on the "you're not driving until you're contributing" rule (which I think is important) or if it means I'm helping him become the self-sufficient person I want him to be. This may be a no-brainer objectively, but I'm the mom, so definitely not objective. Scooters where we live do not require licenses or insurance.
It's now the end of September and it would be a Christmas gift.