One incredibly important facet of part time jobs when you're in your teens, is learning to work with different people, from all walks of life, at a variety of ages & stages in their lives. While i was at Uni & about to take on the world . . . I worked in retail with an immaculate, well travelled lady in her 40s. She talked of state dinners in Washington, her children's nanny in London & exotic holidays in the Pacific. Alas, she was serving behind the same counter as me. Her husband's high flying international business went bankrupt & the only property the bank couldn't take, was an apartment in Sydney. The only job either of them could get, was her working at a department store. She was humble, positive & grateful for everything, above all, she still had her marriage & her children.
My children are taught respect for property & to be tidy, our house is always squared away, we keep things simple & uncluttered. Sometimes you still get muddy footprints. I'm house proud but don't kill myself cleaning daily, we don't use antibacterial hand wash & my children never get sick. Guess what people notice when they visit . . . clean floors or fun, relaxed, interesting, enjoyable children??!! Who are we really trying to impress?? Our husbands, our girlfriends, ourselves, or our children??