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Child labor: Work on dreams, not in fields!

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 12, 2019   /  11:31 am
Child labor: Work on dreams, not in fields! In this Sunday, June 12, 2016, photo, Ridoy, 7, works at a factory that makes metal utensils in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)

After her baby Zoila, aka Zee, was born in July 2016, Sacha Stevenson of “How to act Indonesian” YouTube fame would feature her daughter in her videos. When Zee was six months old, Sacha did a series whereby she got her to try different foods: papaya, avocado, yoghurt and even kimchi and durian. Really? Durian? Hmmm, okay, but kimchi? Really Sach! Sacha would start by saying to Zee, “Your job today is to try […] (whatever foodstuff it was she made her try out)”. I teased her, what is this? Child labor? Well, that’s what happens when your mum is a YouTuber! Most families do have a tradition of getting their kids to do household chores which is great. Age-appropriate obviously. Doing chores teaches them useful skills, cooperation, makes them feel they are making a contribution, and instills in them a sense of responsibility. But children doing ...

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