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Benefits of Child Labour

Peter Katevatis - Dec 09, 2016
I find my 4-year old has small hands which really helps in cleaning those hard to reach places.  He really beams with pride in the fine job he can do with dusting and polishing.   Children in Canada are raised in an environment where they are

I find my 4-year old has small hands which really helps in cleaning those hard to reach places.  He really beams with pride in the fine job he can do with dusting and polishing.  

 

Child Labour

 

Children in Canada are raised in an environment where they are given the opportunity to learn, play, and expand their minds without any of the hardship of work.  Loosely framed rules, inquiry based learning and an environment that allows them to focus on their skills without having to deal with failure or uncomfortable situations is the norm.

 

I think our education system is always evolving which is a positive thing.  However, we shouldn't stop teaching our children about “old-school” lessons such as work ethic, perseverance over adversity, and earning money.

 

Somehow having money and earning money has been warped into a negative achievement by our populous thinking.  Whatever happened to Gordon Gekko’s famous line, “Greed is good!”?

 

 

Clearly excessive amounts of greed can cause behaviours that do not benefit society and greed cannot be the driving factor in all of our decision making.  However, I believe that all good businesses strive on profits and the greed for more profits is where growth comes from.  Growth is where we expand our horizons, test limits, and push for new inventions in all aspects of life.

 

We need greed to help scientists find a cure for cancer.  We need greed to help us develop greener forms of transportation.  We need greed for our children to become productive members of society.

 

Allowance is often given to children as some form of right or welfare.  This small stipend is meant to teach them about money management but what lessons are they learning?  Do they understand that money is not “given to everyone”?  Money is not found on the plastic card? 

 

Simply put, you get money when you provide a product or service.  The difference between the cost to provide the service/product and the amount you receive is your profit. 

 

After your children have a clear pathway to profit from their employment endeavours they can start budgeting and planning on their spending.  That’s the fun part.  Most of us love shopping and if we have callouses on our hands to remind us how hard it was to earn the money we can make wise decisions.

 

I do not condone using children to make running shoes, or sweat shops around the world, but here is a list of things they can do to earn some cash:  Setting the dinner table, raking the leaves, unload the dishwasher, fold laundry, wash windows, clean the car, feed the pet, put toys away, dusting, empty garbage pails, weeding, vacuuming (it’s a power tool), peel vegetables, and make their bed.  Let me know if you have any more suggestions.