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Teens need summer jobs to learn important life skills. Too bad they're not getting them.

Teens need summer jobs to learn important life skills. Too bad they're not getting them.

As the school year draws to a close and fewer teens plan to spend their summers scooping ice cream, carrying golf clubs and working other hourly jobs, parenting and career counseling experts say today’s young people are forgoing valuable life and workplace lessons needed to become successful and happy adults.

“When I think about kids en masse not working, I think about all the things they’re going to miss out on,” said Tim Thayne, a family therapist and author of the book “Not by Chance: How Parents Boost Their Teen’s Success in and After Treatment.”

“There’s a level of accountability that doesn’t come with internships; it doesn’t come with service either,” he said. “If you’re...

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