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The Frietag Method

There has been some debate in the media recently about children and delivering leaflets. Now and again I take my own children out delivering leaflets as I did with two this morning.

There is an interesting question as to how old a child has to be before they actually do more to help than hinder. My 5 year old, who said today that she had not been to the park for "ten years", is very close to being about to do more work delivering leaflets than it takes me for to wait whilst she runs around. Sadly, however, she has not actually got that far. I suppose her enthusiasm for going delivering leaflets will wane when the work done exceeds the time it takes for me to wait for her.

I think the threshold is probably at about 7. It does also depend upon whether the leaflets are addressed (and from time to time I deliver a road with leaflets only noticing part way down the road that they are addressed.)

Comments

TonyF said…
Considering the fact that there have been attempted child abductions in the midlands and the possible dangers to a child on the doorstep, aren't you being a bit thoughtless letting a 5 year old 'run around' delivering leaflets. Are you that short of adult lib dems in that area?
John Hemming said…
It is me that she is orbiting.
PoliticalHackUK said…
Anybody who has delivered leaflets thinks very hard before letting young children deliver leaflets. The number of letterboxes with sharp edges, fierce springs or vicious dogs lurking behind should give any parent second thoughts.

Mind you, I'd have second thoughts about letting John out with the kids, given that he can't even keep control of his bike.
John Hemming said…
The dogs are an issue for children and adults.