Left Unleashes Unhinged 'Child Labor' Attack on Trump Education Pick Betsy DeVos
But can we talk about this issue of "child labor" for a minute? One needs only take a look at the coddled college students who are clinging to their Play-Doh and blankies post-election to see what happens when a generation is raised without learning the value and dignity of hard work—when they are given everything they want or desire without having to lift a finger. They deserve (in their minds at least) to get the election result they want. Who cares if, like Kanye, they couldn't muster the energy to get off their parents' couches to go and vote.
My kids both learned how to work from a young age. They started with small chores around the house to which were added more challenging responsibilities as they grew older. My husband and I tried to model a good work ethic to them as they were growing up (my husband was much better at it), and we took them on yearly mission trips for some focused work time and to teach them to be grateful for what they had. They cooked, built things, served the homeless, scrubbed floors, painted, and held unloved children.
By the time they got to junior high they were both putting in time volunteering at camps and with their own youth groups. For our eldest son, that eventually turned into a paid gig as a camp counselor, a job that he held in the summers through his college years along with his paid computer jobs. Our younger son worked on a farm picking produce when he was 13 and 14 (he earned 75 cents a quart as I recall) and then moved on to other jobs when he got older. (They're 25 and 22 now, so it's too late for you to call children's services on us.) I'm proud to say that both are hardworking adult men, neither of whom regrets being made to work (by "made to work" I mean they knew that if they wanted stuff and privileges at our house, they were going to work.)
I can think of countless examples of kids who worked harder than mine, not a single one of them any the worse for it. (The kids from farming families are particular standouts.) And kids from the generations prior to mine put all of us to shame with their resourcefulness and work ethics.
I'm not even going to offer a "coal mine" disclaimer when I say this because everyone knows what we're talking about here: Labor is good for kids. Teaching them the value of a dollar—whether it's earned by the sweat one's brow or the exertion of the mind—will only help them to succeed in life. Allowing kids to be lazy slackers who expect others to subsidize their lifestyles, on the other hand, is a recipe for a clingy, unemployed millennial living in the safe space of your basement for the foreseeable future.