Here’s the thing. Kids do have it rough. The fact that they don’t pay income taxes or raise a family or pay the mortgage doesn’t negate that. It is quite possible that both an adult can have a rough life and a child can have a rough life.
Consider. If you strike an adult, you are guilty of assault. That’s not necessarily the case with children. Even where it is against the law, many people will refrain from reporting the crime either because they believe hurting children is right and proper or they don’t want the bother and conflict.
Plenty of children also face constant bullying. Of course you have it rough if you live in constant fear of verbal and physical attack.
Children don’t have the same kind of work as adults, but when adults go home, they tend to be done with their work. They can relax, while children are forced to bring much of their work home with them, so that their entire day is stressed.
More than that, they have no choice in their work. Adults have autonomy. Children do not. That alone brings a great deal of suffering to mind.
Keep in mind that something easy for an adult isn’t necessarily easy for a child. Of course many things are no trouble for you after 30 or 40 or 50 years of life. Much less so with only tens years of experience under your belt. Time management, for example, is easy when you’ve been doing it for decades. Less so when you have just the one.
But most of all, kids have it rough because they face all their struggles, and adults dismiss their concerns out of hand.
Sean Vivier, MLSS Staff