Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Child labour

For months I've been saying "First university summer vacation coming up. You have to get a job. No use expecting us to keep you." He's been home a week now and he's suddenly made the startling discovery that it's harder than you think to find work!
Seriously, has anybody got anything casual in the London area? He's 20, clean, honest, educated, capable of being quite charming when he puts his mind to it. Anything legal considered - before I get driven mad by the TV being on at all hours and having to climb over his legs to recover cereal bowls from all over the house.


  1. Anonymous12:49 pm

    Blimey - do you still have to clear up after them when they're twenty - I've a fifteen year old who would do nothing more than watch tv, sit in front of a computer and leave stuff all over the house given a chance - I was hoping he'd grow out of it.

  2. Anonymous2:55 pm

    Surely it's 'take your kids to work month', David??! I'm sure he makes a mean cuppa...why not set him on at Word Towers?

  3. Can't take him to work because he'll want paying. And, John, they don't grow out of it until they're about 32, I think.

  4. Anonymous9:55 am

    There is another way - neither me nor my wife lived with our parents after 16 (and both of us did degrees and doctorates). But of course we were working class. Problem with being middle class is that you are too nice to your kids. We are doing it ourselves now! We should send them down the pit!

  5. But my wife and I, both of whom are middle class, left home at 18 and never went back. Why? Because all the things you wanted to do you couldn't do under the parental roof. That's no longer the case. That's why they stay. Because it has all the freedoms of living in a flat and none of the downsides.