Surrounded by the comforts at home, we sometimes forget about our own life of struggle when we were trying to make it on our own and rather than helping our kids through it, we try to provide for them. If I remember correctly, my struggles only made me stronger and I understand how difficult and daunting it can be for a young worker to look for work in this if I may call it big bad world. But there are a lot of jobs for 14 year olds in the current job market and if one can bring even one quality like dedication or loyalty to the table, most of the employers are willing to take a chance at such youngsters since they are seen as the young fresh blood in the company that keeps everyone around them motivated to achieve more.
With the right attitude, you can also learn a lot at a young age and get a head start ahead of others who might be competing for same jobs as you at a later date. So, rather than sitting on the couch watching a game with your teen, let them get out there and watch the game of real world and learn the rules that they need to know about to survive on their own.