My kids are 9 and 12, and 9 times out of 10 they come with me. There are several reasons why... 1 so there is someone that can go for help if needed (we cut 1/4 from my inlaws house), 2 so they can help out clearing branches/brush, loading trailer, etc and 3 because my wife works alot of evenings and weekends and getting a babysitter several times a week is just not possible. I am always safe with them, making sure they are plenty far from the tree I am about to fell and that I can see them at all times, etc. MY boy (9) usually likes being out there (but has his monents), but my girl (12) cries every time we go out (then again she cries over everything). This year we took them to six flags as a reward for working hard all summer. But, they didn't have a choice in helping, it is something they HAVE TO DO. If you have kids that age, do you make them help, or give them the option to help if they want to?