(Closed) i hate seeing young kids working =(

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

What don’t you like about it? Is there not enough oversight for what they are doing, or…?

I had a job the day I turned 13 and worked consistently all throughout high school and college, and before that I worked odd jobs/babysat regularly to make some dollars from about the age of 10-11. I am now really good with money at a young age because I had a good work ethic instilled at a young age. And it kept me busy – a lot of the kids I knew growing up who were into trouble had too much time on their hands, so it probably didn’t hurt that I was doing something responsible with my time instead of getting into nonsense.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@newname_99:  I worked as soon as I could get my work permit (15 1/2). I look younger than I am & always have. I think people thought I was like 12. Heck someone thought I was 12 when I was 20 lol. It wasn’t really a public business & I also lived with friends families & paid things on my own so I kinda needed my own job.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I starting waiting tables at my mother’s work when I was 8 [for tips].. the day I turned 14, I got a job there, and I’ve been working there every since [currently 25]. Although, I’m not a waitress anymore and I make a BUNCH more!

Do I feel like I lost my childhood or anything? Sometimes, yeah it bothered me. But I ALWAYS had more money and nicer things than all of my friends, and I actually WORKED for it.

I believe I have great morals and work ethic because of this. I can’t imagine NOT working.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@jenilynevette:  I think the assumption is that these poor kids aren’t working for their ‘own’ fun money like you did, but rather helping their parents and their family with the money they earn so that their family can survive.

OP, Mexico is still technically a developing country and I think that helping these children through the empanadas you buy is better than not helping at all. Not buying empanadas isn’t going to force families and the government to make different choices. :/

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@velvetcats:  Yes, I would agree it’s probably to help the family out, and I did that as well when my family when in need [when my parents got divorce, we survived off of green beans & onions w/ ranch dressing [that’s literally all we had in the house at the time], for a month.

But the work ethic and morals are still there.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My mom started working at 13; my dad at 14. I think this is why they are so hardcore liberal now. They always say they don’t want other kids to go through what they went through – not having enough to eat, not having proper clothes, giving up school even though they had good grades, seeing their parents come home from work exhausted and skipping dinner so their kids could have more to eat. Sometimes I feel like crying knowing what they went through and what people today still go through.

I once saw pictures of young kids in Cambodia, who instead of going to school, were spending their days digging through trash dumps, surrounded by flies, looking for stuff to eat or sell. It’s heartbreaking.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This thread is baffling…so are folks saying they’d be okay with their 10 year old sitting out front of a 7-11 selling gum at 10:00 at night?  I highly doubt that would be the case.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@newname_99:  im pro learning a work ethic of course, but in a more supervised way i guess

I can agree with that – sounds like a sad situation for those kiddos.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@icetea:  +1

@newname_99:  Its a sad situation, I’m sorry you witness it on a daily basis and I hope all the best for those kids. Hey, good for you for helping that kid out. 

Post # 16
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Honey bee

@newname_99:  OP, I understand where you are coming from on the situation. I spent a good amount of time through home stays/work exchanges in Mexico and Peru, where many young children were working in conditions like you mentioned.

Yes, I started working at 14, but like most posters and Americans, conditions are far different. The children working at the age of 6-12 are in far different situations than many Americans could possibly imagine. It’s often not safe, supervised or beneficial (i.e., “work ethic” or fun) for the child.

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