Yes, I do consider it child labor, and I do think it is risky to let a child live that kind of lifestyle. There are some kids who have done it and havr grown up fine, but I think it is more common for the kids to be damaged by it. No matter how you look at it, it is work. Even if the child enjoys it, it is still work. When a child works it distorts things in the family and in the child's mind. You asked my opinion.... I do think you can protect your child from the bad effects, but you have to be extremely vigilant and careful in order to do that. This is not something to take lightly or just to assume it will be okay. If you don't manage it extremely carefully it most assuredy will not be okay.
at 8:29 AM on Dec. 29, 2009