I grew up in South Ogden. I have two brothers. I clearly remember when my older brother was nine and my younger brother was one. I was six. Dad had a full-time job and mom worked part-time as a RN. Mom became a full-time worker when dad died at the young age of 42. We had to help our mom. She said so -- often!
My first non-union job paid $0.01 for each dandelion weed I removed from our lawn but only if the complete root was attached.
My job history included:
I chipped mortar off of old bricks for $0.01 each. I loaded dirt from under houses into buckets that were dragged out to expand basements. I mowed lawns. I shoveled snow. I paid half of the cost for my Schwinn 3-speed bike for my Christmas present.
From 12 through 14, I delivered 125 to 200 newspapers/day on my 3 speed. I was 14 when I started working for a big grocery store. I was out of the view of the public until the age of 16. I worked for the same grocery store during junior high school, senior high school and all though four years of college! Minimum wage was $1.25/hour. I left the grocery store business when I was 18 and gave up my $3.25 per hour.
Our mother always emphasized the great importance of education and the work ethic. It works! If you really want to earn more than "minimum wage" and ignore the federal freebies, start and finish college or a technical school -- no more whining! None of us got a girl pregnant before marriage. My older brother has a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering. My younger brother has a B.S. in civil engineering. I have a B.S. in zoology/chemistry and a doctorate of Dental Surgery. We are all retired and stopped whining about "minimum wage" soon after completing college. "There are no excuses," mom said.