Putting kids to work at home can provide valuable lessons for
them and much needed help for you. They can start with the simplest
tasks-filing, stuffing envelopes or cleaning up the home office-and
ease into more responsibilities as they mature.
Plus, working for parents could be the only job your kids can
get. As a general rule, child labor laws prohibit children under 16
from working in non-agricultural jobs.
However, you're allowed to employ your own kids, as long as the
job is not in a hazardous occupation. Paper cuts notwithstanding,
you probably qualify.
Lela Davidson is the author of Blacklisted from the PTA (Jupiter Press, July 2011).
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