My oldest daughter is a teenager now, and my life as a dad just got a lot harder. I remember how hard it was trying to navigate high school and the teenage years, and I don’t envy her the next few years. At the same time, I have my own concerns. I need to make sure she has every advantage in life, which means keeping her focused in school with an eye towards the future. It is silly to make kids decide their course in life too young, but a teenager should start to formulate an idea of what they want to do. I want her to get into the HVAC business, like me, but she wants to become an actress. Together we worked out a deal, where she would work for me repairing HVAC systems unpaid for 10 hours a week. Every week, no excuses, she would put in at least ten hours with me in the field doing service calls for heaters and air conditioners. If she did that, and started learning the basics of the HVAC business, then I would support her acting goals 100%. This was she is free to chase her dreams and aspirations, but she will always have a base knowledge of HVAC repair under her belt just in case. A skilled HVAC technician can easily make 30 or 40 dollars an hour, if not more, so I want my baby to have a viable skill set to fall back on. The odds are against anyone making it as an actor or actress, but HVAC skills can get you a job no matter where you are.