As I sit here at my desk, leisurely perusing my favorite blogs and checking out Facebook, my almost fiver year old son is slaving away. I gave him a stack of old bills and my shredder, and he has been happily shredding documents for the past half hour. Not to fret, it is a fool-proof shredder, so no worries of shredded fingers or the like. But the best part of the deal is he keeps exclaiming out loud, to no one in particular, "This is FUN!" I dare not tell him that what he is doing is actual "work." He has an entire years worth of bills to shred. So I'm thinking he should be busy for at least another half hour or so. And in return I get a garbage bag (or 2) of packing shreds, and an hour of peace and quiet (except for the incessant whir and squeal of the shredder).
Is it child abuse to make your son slave over a hot shredder all afternoon? Especially when he thinks it is so much fun??!