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My parents have worked hard all their lives. My dad frequently questions my 13-year-old daughter as to why she doesn’t have a job. He likes to tell her that by the time he was her age, he’d had several jobs doing all sorts of things for local businesses. He passed this kind of work ethic on to me and my sister, and my own children have learned by example the value of making money on your own.
Both of my parents worked blue-collar jobs. Dad went to school to be an auto mechanic, which he did for a while, working for small shops in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.