Child labor rocks my world!
By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
March 4, 2018 3:17pm CST
I got a call from my young friend this morning. He wanted to come over and play. I told him that I had to write an exam, but that we could work on a project together. That project was oiling up my outside chairs. It worked out well. I let him do the hard manual labor while I worked on the exam. We got a bunch of slats done, and put them outside to dry. Now we're going cycling. My exam is done. Are you a believer in child labor?
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There is difference between child labor and the "labor" that pony has. One gives the child liberty to do or not do, the other forces the child to do the job. One equips the child with skills that can be used in future, to earn two square meals, the other also equips, but does not make the child versatile enough for multiple jobs. The worst part is there is physical abuse, and parents take away the monies.
• Corsham, England
I wish I had set more chores for my kids when they were younger as it certainly doesn't do them any harm. I bet your young friend was really pleased with himself and it gave you time to finish your exam and then have fun with him.
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
Greetings, Well, I'm not in favor nor a believer of child labor in some senses. I don't think the government should incentive it - we know the society is made out in a way that there will ALWAYS be a lot of poor people and a few rich people, and the lots of poor people will try anything desperate to get money (you have all sorts of professions, you have people selling 5/6 of their weekdays, etc.). I believe that in structured families, responsibility should be slowly passed to children. I'm certain that there are science branches that already study it and have measured how much responsibility can each age take without resulting in excessive stress. On the other side, we have non or poorly structured families that need their children working in order to survive - and, in those cases, if the children are not allowed to work, the family will starve. That being said, I think each case should be treated as a specific one. I don't believe children should be put in factory, manufacturing products or doing any sort of labor on a regular basis. However, I don't think that there is any harm on something isolated - like helping out their parents once in a while. Regards.
• United Kingdom
That's awesome. I am all for child labour. I left my eldest son (Midi) doing housework today while I sat on my backside in the audience watching an awards ceremony. Saying that, Midi is 18 so it's not really child labour! I remember years ago, I had asked the kids to do something. Midi said something about how he's not a slave. My response was something like, "why else would I have had children?" :D