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Mom Tells Neighbors Her 9-Year-Old Daughter Could Help Them Do Chores, Cops Arrive With Child Labor Concerns

"Apparently the ad generated multiple phone calls from paranoid neighbors thinking I was using my child as a slave."

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Sarah
Via Christina Behar

A mother in Woodinville, Washington, posted an advertisement on behalf of her 9-year-old daughter, Sarah, who was willing to do housework—laundry, dishes, etc.—for neighborhood moms who needed help. Six hours later, the cops showed up to make sure Sarah wasn't being abused or worked to death.

That's according to Christina Behar, Sarah's mom, who wrote me a letter about the incident.

"Apparently the ad generated multiple phone calls from paranoid neighbors thinking I was using my child as a slave," wrote Behar.

This should spark some discussion of what we lose when we treat kids as incompetent or endangered, even though they're quite ready to take on some responsibility in "the real world." As that New York Times piece on the relentless demands of modern parenting made clear, many of us, wealthy or not, spend a whole lot of time and cash on our kids' extracurricular "enrichment." Let's remember that making some money, dealing with some challenges, and assuming some responsibility are enriching childhood activities, too.

Here is Behar's letter in full:

Dear Lenore:

My husband and I have three kids ages 9, 7 and 5. We have always tried to raise them to be independent and let them play outside for hours in our family-friendly suburban neighborhood outside of Seattle, walk alone to the neighbors, and have taught them how to cook, clean, do laundry and other household chores that we deem age appropriate. Inspired by your book [Free-Range Kids] I posted an ad on our neighborhood website advertising my daughter as a mother's helper. Moms often ask me for her help and I figured I would take your advice and reach out to others in my neighborhood I may not know. This was the ad:

Mother's Helper

Hello! My almost 10-year old is available as a mother's helper. She is the oldest of three and is quite capable. She can fold and put away laundry, sweep, set tables, clean dishes, take out the trash, make beds, vacuum, make light meals, and keep your kiddo busy. We are a homeschool family so she has a flexible schedule. Please message me if you are interested in meeting with us.

Six hours later the Sheriff was knocking on our door. He was embarrassed and apologetic but said he had to do a welfare to check to make sure I wasn't running a sweat shop! Apparently the ad generated multiple phone calls from paranoid neighbors thinking I was using my child as a slave.

You know I was thinking about it today—I was working in a church nursery with infants at nine years old, babysitting alone by 11, I had a paper route at 12, and was living on my own working almost full-time and going to college at 17. All those things would probably violate our state's child labor laws today.

It's a shame that our culture has resorted to this paranoia. It's robbing our children of the pride that learning skills and hard work bring.

I'm keeping the ad up.

I wrote back to Behar asking about her own reaction to this experience. She responded:

I was shocked that a friendly ad for a child wanting to help a neighbor generated multiple calls to the police and resulted in an actual visit by an officer. Fortunately, in our case, he was sympathetic, although he did leave with a warning that I should never post anything about my child wanting payment for her services.

But my ad was no different than the fliers I made 20 years ago with my friends offering yard work or babysitting. What if I had mentioned compensation? Would Child Protective Services be investigating me then? When I told a few fellow mommy-friends about our surprise visit, I felt judged. I was met with silence or questions like, "Would you actually leave your kid at a stranger's house?"

The knee-jerk distrust of all adults around all kids is a hallmark of our times. Where we could see verve, we see vulnerability. Where we could see neighbors helping neighbors we imagine the worst. Where we could see kids growing up with confidence and competence, we see a rising tide of anxiety.

Letting kids do some work for money isn't making them into slaves. It's making them into adults. That shouldn't be a crime.

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133 responses to “Mom Tells Neighbors Her 9-Year-Old Daughter Could Help Them Do Chores, Cops Arrive With Child Labor Concerns

  1. I’d be asking who was narcing on me and making sure they got their just rewards for it.

    1. Depending on how well you know your neighbors, I don’t think it would be hard to figure out.

      1. It’s Seattle. 80% of the residents are left-wing narcs!

        1. Burn their houses down
          Buy their discounted property on the cheap
          Expand your lot to estate size

          It’s a win-win-win

        2. Can we just admit that the progressives have to go? This isn’t going away until they do. Give them one chance to GTFO before shit gets real.

          Unless you value the well being and lives of progtard slavers over your own life and freedom. Thats what its going to boil down to before long.

    2. I’d be asking who was narcing on me and making sure they got their just rewards for it.

      What do you have in mind in this situation? Nasty looks at the town council meeting? Cutting in line at the grocery story? Refusing to share discount homeschooling outlines?

      1. Its the burbs, probably an HOA in the neighborhood. Narcy neighbors are about to get their grass measured every day and any violations reported to the HOA.

        1. Woodinville is rural.

      2. Making them listen to you at least once a day, every day, for a year

      3. i’m partial to a “surprise beating”

      4. emailing them all of your Reason posts to remind them what their progressive allies are really like.

  2. They should make her daughter go work in Woodinville Distillery. I liked their rye and she can probably learn many useful skills there.

    That being said, this story sounds precisely like my stereotype of Woodinville.

    1. You gotta start them out polishing monocles. It is known.

  3. >>>>This should spark some discussion of

    just how chauvinistic we are permitted to be about chicks losing their ever-loving minds because children

  4. Six hours later, the cops showed up to make sure Sarah wasn’t being abused or worked to death.

    “If you’d hired my daughter, she could’ve ridden her bike there in 15-20 min. and let you know whether it was an emergency situation that might require you to intervene within the next six hours.”

    I’m tickled by the fact that, apparently, the police can’t imagine someone being worked to death, especially a kid, in less than 6 hours.

    1. OK, reading further, I have to give the cop some credit. It would seem he spent 6 hours fending off calls before someone with delusions of grandeur unduly leveraged him to apologetically knock on this woman’s door.

      1. We’re daily turning into fucking China, or that place where it “takes a village.”

        1. I don’t know what we’re turning into. But this does not seem particularly like Chinese style labor laws.

          1. Children working like adults comes from needing to work that hard or from family businesses that just teach that is the way life is, like on the farm.

            Personally I like my family came from the latter, they prepared me for the road that would come and never attempted to prepare the road to make my life easy.

        2. It takes a village to destroy the village in order to save the village.

          1. The fuck is a village, anyway. Do you mean a nice HOA development?

            1. There is no such thing as a nice HOA.

            2. Village

              1 a : a settlement usually larger than a hamlet and smaller than a town
              b : an incorporated minor municipality
              2 : the residents of a village
              3 : something (such as an aggregation of burrows or nests) suggesting a village
              4 : a territorial area having the status of a village especially as a unit of local government

              1. The fuck is a hamlet?

                1. It is what you get when you cross a hamster and a pig. A baby hamlet.

                  1. No one reads Shakespeare anymore. Sad.

          2. I always wondered how it can “take of village to raise a child”, if you can’t trust anyone else in the village? The answer, of course, is that “the village” means the government, but government employees are mostly made up of complete strangers who probably also live in the same “village” as you (the one you can’t trust anyone in). You can’t trust a neighbor, but you can trust someone you know even less because they happen to work for the government?

            1. “Trust us, we work for the government”

        3. Or, as the old Onion article put it:
          “It Takes a Village to Sew 20,000 Dallas Cowboy Jerseys”

          1. As if we need any more reason to hate the Cowboys.

        4. The civil war is coming.
          The left wing will not be pleased.

          1. The rest of us have all the guns and all the training. The progs will be wiped off the map at a breathtaking pace.

            1. That’s the kind of stupid overconfidence that will get you wiped off the map at a breathtaking pace.

        5. “takes a village prison compound.”

      2. A lot of these stories are anti-narc more than anti-police. I don’t much care to give credit to police, but when they get called to drive by a house a lot of times they are actually doing their job.

        That it IS there job to do such things is as much a problem as those performing it.

        1. “I don’t much care to give credit to police, but when they get called to drive by a house a lot of times they are actually doing their job.”

          Are you referring to this story because it does not come close to the described situation. Cop created a threatening confrontation at the mother’s front door. Far cry from driving by. Based on your reluctant cop credit, you are another POS worst first advocate. Was the mom just negligent or a potential sex trafficker/pimp?

          Don’t forget the cop left her with a threatening warning against compensation. I’m sure the cop is an expert on labor law too.

          1. What story did you read JN? Apparently not this one.

        2. Pretty much.

    2. She should start a housekeeping business, then employ her daughter.

      The US child labor laws have a few exceptions.

      The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Child Labor Provisions

      The FLSA excludes certain occupations and work arrangements entirely from coverage of its
      child labor provisions:
      ? Children with a parental employer. A child who works for a parent or a person
      standing in place of a parent (hereafter “parent”)15 in an occupation other than
      manufacturing, mining, or hazardous work may be employed at any age and for
      any number of hours.16
      ? Child performers. Children of any age may be employed as actors or performers
      in motion pictures or in theatrical, radio, or television productions.17
      ? Newspaper delivery persons. Children of any age may be employed to deliver
      newspapers to consumers.18
      ? Evergreen wreath producers (homebased). Children of any age may be
      employed as homeworkers to make evergreen wreaths and to harvest forest
      products used in making such wreaths.

      1. My son worked in our family business, a print shop, when he was a kid. He mostly ran the big right angle folder. I paid him by the thousand pieces and he could make 8 or 9 bucks an hour when he was 9 years old. It was a good deal for both of us and he understood at a very early age where the money comes from. He’s now 29 and makes over 100k a year salary and commissions with a company car and expense account. A work ethic is the most valuable thing a kid can learn.

  5. “our family-friendly suburban neighborhood outside of Seattle”
    I think that this explains it all. At least it wasn’t Portland though, she’d be sitting in jail if it was.

    1. Yeah, the only freedom for kids is found int he family-unfriendly neighborhoods to the south where the neighbors don’t narc because they don’t want to get arrested and/or deported by inviting the cops in.

      1. i was thinking that when I saw this was Woodinville. Wouldn’t happen in Tacoma. Nobody is inviting the cops into their neighborhood.

  6. I was having a discussion with a colleague just yesterday; she wear the “liberal” mantra quite proudly. She finally admitted that “there need to be rules [given nearly any subject] and people just have to be made to follow them.” I disabused her of her liberal bonafides and told her she is in actuality just another authoritarian. The big[ger the better] mother government needs to establish the rules by which we all must live, and oversee us children to make sure everyone gee-haws and plays accordingly.

    “Liberal” my ass. That is the heart and soul of a progressive; her neighbors should be put through a wood-chipper.

    1. Stop abusing those poor defenseless wood-chippers.

      1. But we can give this girl a job resharpening the chipper blades!

    2. there need to be rules [given nearly any subject] and people just have to be made to follow them.”

      I suggest you replay that back to her as “there are orders and people must be made to follow them”. Although you might have to say it in German.

      1. The whole incident was horrible. Are those cops out of their minds! If a child is doing some household work of the neighbours’ and her mother is supporting her, how does that turn out to be a criminal offense? Many of the students these days take help from an essay website and involve themselves in working, and I don’t think that’s odd anyway.

    3. That’s not even authoritarian; that’s straight-up totalitarian thinking. Authoritarians will at least leave you alone, for the most part, as long as you’re not brazenly flouting conventions. Totalitarians will micromanage your life with rules that are arbitrary and ever-changing, depending on the fashions of the day.

      It’s basically passive versus active conformism.

    4. “wood-chipper”

      You’re gonna get Reason investigated by DoJ again…

      1. I know, but I had just re-read the article from 2015; impressive.

    5. “there need to be rules [given nearly any subject] and people just have to be made to follow them.”

      “Es muss Regeln geben (fast jedes Thema) und die Leute m?ssen nur dazu gebracht werden, sie zu befolgen.”

      1. Danke

    6. “I disabused her of her liberal bonafides…” Bwahahaha

      Extremely impressive if true but something tells me liberals are not easily disabused. It requires an open mind, rationality and self-awareness. Keep up the good fight nonetheless.

    7. Tell her when her liberal rule makers stop exempting themselves from laws and rules, then we will listen. Control freaks are weak weak people.

      1. But will we really?

    8. I disabused her of her liberal bonafides and told her she is in actuality just another authoritarian.

      What kind of rules do you figure she had in mind?

      Rules about immigration (maybe bigoted, cruel, pointless rules)?

      Rules about abortion (some old-fashioned statist womb management)?

      Rules about drugs (some standard Republican drug warring)?

      Rules about tariffs and protectionism? Rules about voter suppression?

      Rules about endless detention without trial or torture?

      Rules about invading the wrong country?

      Rules about teaching superstitious nonsense in schools?

      Carry on, clingers. In all of your authoritarian, faux libertarian, inconsequential glory.

      1. Arty, when America has had it’s fill of your ind, you will need to get ready for you new permanent address. Face down in your local landfill.

    9. You don’t even say what “rules” she was talking about, so I’ll have to assume all rules. Saying “people just have to be made to follow them” may sound rather blunt, but it’s really no different than punishing people for not following the law, which is necessary for a law (“rule”) to mean anything to begin with. How would society function if there were no rules/laws or the rules were were not enforced? I believe the work is “anarchy”.

    10. Always try to remember to use the word “totalitarian.” Everybody knows it, and it hurts so good.

  7. Remember when kids were EXPECTED to do household chores, and expected to get a summer job? I got put on dishwasher rotation with my siblings on day 1 of the 1st grade.

    1. The future is limited for those who dare to work for a living.

      1. Oh no no no. The future is you WILL work for a living but government will be everyone’s master.

        1. Another half-educated, bigoted, right-wing Mini-Me!

          Welcome aboard, clinger.

          1. Hmmm,

            Half-educated …. check
            bigoted …………… check
            right wing ……….. left wing
            Mini ……………….. VERY small ….. check

            Just like you ARTY!! Cause 3 out of 4 ain’t bad!

          2. Yes Artie, we are well aware that you are a half-educated, bigot. Now why don’t you do us all a favor and dive into your nearest empty pool?

    2. I got put on dishwasher rotation with my siblings on day 1 of the 1st grade.

      Same here. Of course, two years later, the job entailed rolling the dishwasher over to the sink and hooking it up to the faucet and, today, my kids groan when the detergent bottle is empty.

    3. For 10,000 years when a kid turned 6 they were out in the fields at sunrise.

      1. For 10,000 years when a kid turned 6 they were out in the fields at sunrise.

        I hope that those kids had their sunblock on.

    4. And now look. It’s toxic masculinity all over the place!

    5. My brother and I used to trade chores when we didn’t like the rotation, or if one of us wanted to go out with friends after school. Sometimes we bartered chores for money, and I made a good chunk of change doing his chores when we were in our teens. If I knew he was desperate to get out of doing his chores, the price would go up. 🙂

    6. I did my best to get a townie summer job, lest my mom call up some of her farm or ranch friends to see if they needed help.

    7. I started noticing the change in the early/mid 90’s – at the Dunkin Donuts on Sunday mornings.

      Before that – neighborhood kids would ask to do yardwork or chores or would have car washes or somesuch. After that – they (up thru HS age) stood around with cans at the door begging for donations for this club or that team or somesuch. It was a change that was very noticeable even then and seemed to happen over the course of a couple years.

  8. Yeah, when I read that ad, I had to stop myself from dialing 911.

  9. Amen!!! The kid’s a budding entrepreneur for crying out loud! Sad this generation is raised in fragility and helicopter parenting while my mom used to walk home from school in the 1st grade for lunch every day! Now, the schools would get sued and shut down! Our kids are becoming more and more helpless and infantilized in development because of this “babies until age 18” mentality!

    1. The search for perfect safety, leading to the Precautionary Principle, is causing major delusional thinking. People signal their virtue by doing things that actually harm their children! Note that the benefit goes to the selfish, self-concerned parent, not to the child.

      “Protecting” children from work, responsibility and self-reliance may be something you can brag about to the other parents, but it is a disservice to your own children.

      I remember during the “child abduction” moral panic of the 80s/90s. My neighbors ensured the safety of their children by putting them on child leashes whenever they went out. I never said anything to them, because my thought was “You leash your children like dogs. Wouldn’t it be better to securely imprison them entirely?”

    2. go away

  10. We are a homeschool family…

    Found their red flag.

    1. Why do you assume that woman is afraid of reason-based schooling and homeschools to flatter her appetite for nonsense, superstition, and stale thinking?

      1. Or, she might just prefer her child actually learn something … unlike most of the public schools in the nation.

        You do know that homeschool students in multiple studies do better in college that those from public schools, right?

        There are some homeschool parents that do it over religion …but many more do it because the local public schools suck.

      2. Rev. Arthur L Kirkland you know something? Your a fucking dumb ass, you never have anything of value to say, all your comments are uneducated and unenlightened drivel, you should change your name to “Rev. Dirtbagliarshitfuck” because that is what you are. All you do is spew leftard talking points that have no facts at all to back them up, you know that home schooled kids are actually better read, get in to college in higher numbers and are more socially active then graduate from your favorite government jail school factory? You probably don’t know that because you aren’t going to research it or look it up because your state cock sucker, you’ll gladly take one in the mouth for authoritarianism.

      3. Why do you assume this is the point of his comment? The family, being a homeschool family, was already on the “I don’t trust you” radar of their liberal neighbors; so when one of them saw the ad, she “swatted” them anonymously. Which is the same mechanism as a “red flag” law.

  11. The one difference I note here is that, when we (and the mom in question here) were kids, we made our own fliers to hang or distribute in the neighborhood, went knocking on doors ourselves to see if anyone needed help with anything, etc. Perhaps the neighborhood website prohibits ads posted by kids and that’s why the mom posted something on the daughter’s behalf? Not clear in the article. But that one thing could have led to some concern about whether the mom was shopping her kid’s labor for profit.

    Judgmentalism sucks.

    1. Well if the ad was online obviously the mother was trafficking her daughter. That’s how that works, right?

      1. Well, that wasn’t my point. But these days even people living in a family-friendly neighborhood don’t all know each other. I can conceive how a complete stranger with a suspicious mind could look at that ad and jump to an overly dramatic and bad conclusion. Different from a little kid knocking on your door and asking if you need help with any work around the house, which is how we did it when I was little.

        1. ” Different from a little kid knocking on your door and asking if you need help with any work around the house, which is how we did it when I was little.”

          Different, but not better in the mind set of the people who call the cops over this kind of stuff.

          They panic and call the cops/CPS if they see a child without adult supervision for more than 30 seconds.

    2. Is this a real comment?

  12. It’s worse in Airstrip One London, Lenore. Here’s a parent who whispered “Down with Big Brother” in his sleep:
    ‘Who denounced you?’ said Winston.
    ‘It was my little daughter,’ said Parsons with a sort of doleful pride. ‘She listened at the keyhole. Heard what I was saying, and nipped off to the patrols the very next day. Pretty smart for a nipper of seven, eh? I don’t bear her any grudge for it. In fact I’m proud of her. It shows I brought her up in the right spirit, anyway.’

  13. Well that sucks.

    Niece and nephew, both age 8, available for heavy manual labor. Contact Unicorn Abattoir for information.

  14. It’s a shame that our culture has resorted to this paranoia. It’s robbing our children of the pride that learning skills and hard work bring.

    Skills? Hard work? Pride? Gasp! We can’t be teaching that to children! Do you know what that leads to? Deplorable attitudes towards government and the Social Contract!

    Also, drinking beer.

  15. My gosh! What a terrible mother! Those children need to put into protective bubbles at once so nothing can ever have the chance of harming them. And she homeschools them? How will those kids ever get a proper education? I shudder to think what those children eat for lunch at home. Who’s inspecting their lunches ensuring adequate, state-mandated nutrition? I’m also disappointed that the sheriff failed to shoot that family’s pet when he arrived. Aren’t the police supposed to teach people a lesson by killing their pets? Heavens, what has the world come to these days?

    1. Maybe they had no pet? Perhaps in the future police will have to carry “throwdown” dogs they can shoot.

      1. Good thinking! A Pomeranian might fit the bill there…

        1. Pomeranians don’t qualify as dogs.

  16. “Would you actually leave your kid at a stranger’s house?”

    This was an ad for the neighborhood moms. Not craigslist.

    1. Those neighborhood moms are a pretty nasty bunch.

      1. Signs point to “Yes”.

  17. I get fliers from kids wanting to shovel my house all the time. I generally enlist them if anything to encourage them and then snatch them up.

    Orphan work is hard to come by for us libertarians, AMIRITE?

    /high five.

    1. “I get fliers from kids wanting to shovel my house all the time”

      Your house? Not your sidewalks or driveway? Dude, shoveling snow on a roof is hazardous.

  18. What is it with these fragile city folk and their fear of children working? Damn, now I know where all the college snowflakes come from.

    I used to mow lawns and deliver papers as a kid. Girls used to babysit. The idea of doing chores for your neighbors for pay was absolutely normal. Doing it for your elderly neighbors was quite laudable.

    And I was a small town puke. Farm folk had their kids doing work that would shock these modern parents into apoplexy!

    1. “What is it with these fragile city folk”

      Woodinville is rural.

  19. Washington State. Another Lefty catastrophe in the making.

  20. If the child wants to be paid, that’s slavery, but it’s perfectly legal to offer her services for free. I’m not sure they thought that one through.

  21. “Letting kids do some work for money isn’t making them into slaves. ”

    Wage slaves, to be precise. Capitalism is exploitation!

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    1. Another 12-year-old whose labor is being exploited.

  23. Look at the bright side: at least she was not accused of sex trafficking her daughter. After all, we all know what “help around the house” means….

    1. That’s “around the world,” Blackadder. Now I understand why the Merry Maids workers won’t take your calls anymore.

  24. It’s a shame the ad can’t explicitly ask for money for the kid to receive. Now, if it asked for money for the mother for the girl’s services, that would be treating her as a slave.

    1. Not necessarily. Could be that the parent wants to make sure the proper amount is paid and on time…

  25. Are all the murders, rapes and robberies cleared in King County? Because if they have time for this they need a 50% RIF and budget cut.

  26. Six hours later, the cops showed up to make sure Sarah wasn’t being abused or worked to death.

    “If you’d hired my daughter, she could’ve ridden her bike there in 15-20 min. and let you know whether it was an emergency situation that might require you to intervene within the next six hours.”

    I’m tickled by the fact that, apparently, the police can’t imagine someone being worked to death, especially a kid, in less than 6 hours

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  28. Maybe the neighbors called authorities because they knew this mother better than a bunch of commenters on the Intertubes might?

    1. @Rev. Dirtbagliarshitfuck Nope wrong again, control freak dumb ass, its people like you that don’t want people to work for themselves or be independent because they won’t need you anymore, they won’t need your handouts which will give you less power of them and you hate the fucking thought of that. A kid who is raised to depend on his/herself is a no no to you not because of safety, but because its one less person that won’t vote for you, question you and call you out on your bull shit. Just admit it, your slaver scum, your a small minded and small dick leftard, SJW snowflake. Go jump in a wood chipper asshole.

    2. Maybe the neighbors are busybodies like you, who “know better” than parents how to raise their own kids?

      1. Both are indeed possible. Perhaps even both at the same time. Count up the number of people who dismiss one or the other without evidence.

    3. Why does this board have a “report spam” link but no “report drivel” link?

  29. I’m earning more than $ 7k a month working part time. I kept listening to other people who tell me how much money they can earn online, so I decided to investigate it. Well, it is what everything is true and totally changed my life.

    1. You forgot something! Share that link so I can join you on the $84k money train!

      1. This is exactly what happens when 9 year olds post their own ads. That’s why the moms should always do the posting.

  30. “Letting kids do some work for money isn’t making them into slaves. It’s making them into adults. That shouldn’t be a crime.”

    it is if the expectations of the state are that kids should grow up to become adults respectful of and dependent upon the state.

    CPS will be banging on your door shortly…

  31. Labor laws don’t count for family businesses:

    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides for certain exemptions. Minors under age 16 working in a business solely owned or operated by their parents or by persons standing in place of their parents, can work any time of day and for any number of hours.

    When I had my business, my homeschooled 16 year old worked as my graphic designer and webmaster (she also did my firing for me) and my 14 year old pretty much managed the doggie daycare.

  32. This woman is obviously a fascist who deserves a firing squad.
    Child labor is strictly frowned upon by our beloved nanny state and the socialist nannies who run it.
    Only in caring, loving and rehabilitative gulags like they have in Cuba should child labor be allowed.
    This way children will learn to love and adore the joys of working for The State instead of someone who birthed and raised them.

  33. Most 9 year old’s these days have an iphone. Many also have uber apps and money cards. And, they know how to use them. Many 9 year old kids are nowhere near as naive as they were 50 years ago, particularly because many of us parents TALK to our kids these days — and… kids watch TV. Also, neighbors understand that if anything happens to our kid, WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE! So, taking small jobs in one’s neighborhood is not as dangerous as people make it out to be.

    It is a parent’s job to assess a situation and determine whether it is age appropriate. And, when a family is facing eviction, is it better that a nine year old work for a few hours, or to become homeless?

    That said, please, never leave a nine year old in charge of an infant or toddler. Infants and toddlers can die or find ways to kill themselves in a matter of seconds, SIDS, falling, choking, drowning, electrocution, wandering off into the street, dying of hyperthermia because a nine year old didn’t know that closets in air conditioned homes are not ventilated… Even if your child does nothing wrong, the terrible burden of responsibility will be with them for the rest of their lives if something goes wrong.

    And, remember, the best strategy is the buddy system. It’s always safer if there is another kid who can spot for danger, give advice, and/or call or run get help.

    Then — set your children free to range.

  34. When I was a kid the cops would tell us that (usually elderly) so and so were going to get a fine because their grass was too tall, didn’t rake their leaves, etc… and so and so would pay us a few bucks to do it. We were all on board with “police-enabled human trafficking”.

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  36. What sort of upbringing did the “Nebby” types, NEBBY is possibly an overly polite description of them have I wonder. Of course, the answer might be all to obvious, who knows. I suspect that it is.

  37. And people wonder why today’s young people do not have a good work ethic?

    1. It’s a truism that today’s not-young people believe that the young people lack a good work ethic. Doesn’t matter what date you pick, from ancient Greece to the naked now, older people are overly critical of the youth.
      The less interaction they have with actual young people, the stronger the belief.

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