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A new report found that fewer teenagers are working summer jobs. What can we do to make sure the next generation is self-sufficient? Doc Thompson, Kari Malinak and Kal Elsebai talked about raising independent kids and what our society needs to change on Tuesday’s “Pat & Stu.”

The number of teens in the work force is dropping, and the summer job doesn’t seem to be the same rite of passage for younger Americans that it was for baby boomers and Generation X. A Bureau of Labor Statistics report found that one factor for millions of teens is education. Schools have been staying in session longer, and a substantial number of American teens are spending time in summer school to get ahead on college courses.

Of course, another question is whether or not today’s parents are failing to teach their kids to be independent. Baby boomers were known as “helicopter parents” who wanted to protect their children from everything. Doc, Kari and Kal discussed how they can do better with the next generation. Kari advocated for slowly teaching your child self-sufficiency, giving them new tasks they can accomplish at each age.

Doc admitted his own teenage son is not seeking summer employment, as "being my son is a full time job."

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