I was helping out a friend of mine's mom, who was the promotion director of Alameda Mall in Houston, in 1977, by running one of those kiddie trains. Made about $30 for two days of work.
My 11 year old daughter just earned her first "paycheck". We had bought some new furniture, and she took a great interest in the owner of the furniture store, who was unloading the truck. She asked the man if she could help. I took him aside, and let him know it was okay, but if she got in the way, to give me a me a nod, and I'd have her sit down. She carried stuff for him, helped assemble a bed frame, and stayed right behind him, the whole time. I was amazed as she has great difficulty completing tasks. When they were done, he gave her $5, and said that she works harder than his set up crew. She asked how old one had to be to work for him, during the summer, and he told her to give him a call when she was older.
If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.