What we need to get back to, Mon, is the Victorian tradition of obtaining support from our children at the first opportunity, rather than waiting for old age to creep up upon us. It's much easier to exploit the little beggars when we're still bigger than them. Are there no pit ponies down your way? No match factories? No chimneys?
I was of the opinion in the '60s that there should have been a law against employing young women behind the counters of chemist's shops. Gawd knows how many toothbrushes and bottles of Lucozade I ended up with on Friday nights.