I have to admit that I never worked while growing up. Most of my time was spent at school or studying and the remainder was just free time. Come to think of it, I wasted more of this time than I should have. I could have picked up a new skill, learned a new sport, volunteered with an organization or even done some work. I’m not saying that we should legalize child sweatshops but I think that it would be beneficial for their future if children of a certain age, say in the young teens, got some meaningful work experience. By meaningful, I don’t mean working at fast food chain for minimum wage but something that would teach them useful skills or a job in a field which they might be interested in. I know most companies would be reluctant to hire teenager for all but the most menial tasks but they wouldn’t even have to be paid. There’s already plenty of unpaid internships abound so this wouldn’t be such an outrageous idea. Rather than spending their college years at internships that turn out to be pointless, they could weed out the less desirable career choices first. At worst, the teens would discover what they don’t want to do and at best they could discover a very successful future career.