Our teen has not been shielded from money discussions, which grew more frequent over the past few years as the consultant/freelancer parent saw income take a nosedive. Our high school freshman also knows there is money set aside for school: she will have plenty of options.
Her parents are pretty practical. But we also want her to enjoy learning a range of subjects. After all, that's the joy and value of a good liberal arts education. It will be up to her to decide how to balance finding something she cares about with making a living.
Here's a take on the issue from a brand new college graduate.