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post #1 of 24 Old 05-21-2012, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Farm chores now considered "child labor" hahahahaha

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This is hilarious. I just dare them to come out to my farm when I have kids (some time way way way in the future) and tell me I can't send them to the barn to shovel horse crap when they mouth off!

So is riding their horse now considered child labor? Because iw as definitely excersising my parents horses for them when I was like 9.....

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post #2 of 24 Old 05-21-2012, 08:40 PM
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Yeah, I saw that too. I had a good laugh from it. I was working with hazardous machinery on a farm when I was 10 and getting paid for it. I was driving a tractor (at least learning to) when I was 12, all by myself. Why don't we just wrap all the children up in bubble wrap and put them in a padded room? I love manual labor, must be because I grew up on it...

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if they went out to my farm back when I was 6 and my sister nine they would see me squatting next to the seat hitting the pedals on the tractor while my sister handled the wheel because we were both too short haha...and my parents right along with us stacking hay on the trailer me and my sister were pulling with the tractor...
Iexcersised my parents horses every day (for free) I love riding!
I don't really think you can get the full impact of horse/cow/farm life without doing the down and dirty chores along with it....my children will not be the spoiled get on the horse at the gate to the show pen and let the trainer ride and the parents do the chores.....they want the fun of riding they take care of the animal that gives it to them.


Aaaah I wish obama and them could come out to my farm....id show them a "GOOD" time HAHA

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aaaah I wish obama and them could come out to my farm....id show them a "GOOD" time HAHA
Show them how real people make a living while still having fun at it? Haha
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post #5 of 24 Old 05-30-2012, 09:27 AM
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My kids are infinitely better off for having grown up working on the farm than they would have been running with street gangs in Atlanta. If a little work killed kids, the human species would have died out thousands of years ago. I suppose that there are families that over work their kids. My kids would have been very upset if they had not been allowed to ride on the back of the truck throwing hay out for the cows and helping to feed the chickens.

My son drove the tractor WAY before he was 16 years old. He has a masters degree and is a responsible adult. He still likes to drive the tractor...........

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I'm glad to see that get scrapped. I'd have been in big trouble when they showed up to see my 7 year old daughter cleaning stalls and driving the tractor/skid loader (with me of course) ;)

I agree with Celeste that growing up working on a farm is good for kids. Instills a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility at an early age.

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Silly farmers. Trying to teach their kids good work ethics and the value of a job well done. How dare you teach you children important life lessons that will make them better well rounded adults.

Glad that got tossed out in a hurry ;) We'd be in big trouble around here at haying season. Sure all these tractor/truck driving kids are over 16.... and are getting regular breaks...
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Ugh. This.

Manual labor builds character. Just saying. My kids, whenever I have them, are going to grow up knowing what working is...
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Dadgum government has to try and ruin everything, don't they? When I first heard about this I laughed my butt off... so that explains why all the younger kids these days don't know how to do anything. I have two small ones and you bet when we're on the property they are going to be doing their fare share of chores... not that I could stop them anyway.. the oldest loves helping with the garden and the orchard... not to mention all the animals. :)

The government needs to stop being so controlling and get out of our business.

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Dadgum government has to try and ruin everything, don't they? When I first heard about this I laughed my butt off... so that explains why all the younger kids these days don't know how to do anything. I have two small ones and you bet when we're on the property they are going to be doing their fare share of chores... not that I could stop them anyway.. the oldest loves helping with the garden and the orchard... not to mention all the animals. :)

The government needs to stop being so controlling and get out of our business.

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Absolutely agree 100%!!! And I am a kid ( well fifteen) and live on a farm and have chores all the time outside but I LOVE it! Tons of kids that go to my school just sleep till 12 on Saturdays and then waste the rest of the day on there phones or watching tv and I'm like are you kidding me? Don't you have like work to do? I don't get it.
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