Some labor laws in Kuwait are just rediculous!
Kids should learn responsibility, there should be laws protecting them from working too much but give them a chance to earn their own money and learn the value of it. Even low pay can help them learn the value of things instead of sitting at home and not having anything to do.
These kids running around in the streets could learn the tools they need to move forward if they had a chance to work. I remember the first time I had a chance to work in the US my first pay check felt like a million bucks, I was on top of the world that day and I wanted to do something rediculous so I invited all my friends out to dinner. I couldnt have been happier since I earned it. Even when I was in Kuwait I used to do part time jobs for the family while I was a kid and that 40KD meant that I could buy at least 10 Sega Games from the place in Salmiiya a while back.
All Im saying is that the kids I see these days have nothing to do and they are turning into brats because of it. If you teach them to get on their own to feet then they will have this inclination to work and become productive. When I see friends who work after classes going to Best Buy to do the night shift, working part-time as a waiter, temp secretary, or any other job you give them the real oppurtunity to work in the real world.
I know there are a few places that allow kids to work in the summer, but when Im talking about is kids who want to work part time after school. What about families who depend on their children to work because they dont have the complete ability to keep the family afloat. I am talking about working in a real enviroment not the child labor abuse that you see in the Kuwait traffic intersections.
I have the deepest respect for a friend of mine who kept his family afloat while they were going through hard times and still working on his sport medical degree. His major is difficult and he worked many hours, and there is not enough I could say about this person except that he has my deepest respect.