(This is slightly different from Ken's subject, so I thought I'd start a different thread)- How common is this, is it mainly regional, what's your opinion, etc.: Not only do many parents these days expect their high schoolers to have jobs, they expect them to pay rent, too- to live in their own families' homes. I think it ranges from ridiculous to flat-out awful. Not only are parents supposed to support their underage kids, it takes away a kid's role of 'family member' and reduces them to nothing but boarders. I think there are a lot of negativities connected to kids working in the first place, but I also believe if a high school kid has a job the general idea is he/she should put some percentage of each paycheck in the bank- to put toward college, save up to buy a car, or just the future in general- and the remainder of what the kid earns belongs to the kid for whatever little extras he or she might want. Opinions?