It has long been my contention that children who have meaningful work to do are less likely to get into trouble. I have found this true with my own children especially in adolescence. It is more more profitable when a child has meaningful work along side his father. This used to be the norm in our country. Apprenticeship was a means of training children to become responsible adults. The son would learn his father's trade with the eventual hope of taking it over when his father is no longer able.
I have experienced some of the benefits first hand as my husband works at his financial planning business here in our home. Children, and especially boys, need the input of their fathers. A son who has the ability to work alongside dad is taught about life as they go about their day. When the dad is absent they look for someone to make sense of the confusing things they see around them. Sadly, for too many foolish friends take the place of dad's wise counsel and the end result is more chaos and turmoil. It is even more disappointing when the state helps in that effort.
"He who walks with the wise becomes wiser still but the companion of fools suffers harm." Proverbs 13:20