Reba is one of the hardest working women in country music. Between performing and touring, working on her Dillard’s line, her acting roles and taking time out for her family, it is clear she has a strong work ethic. Growing up on a farm taught her the meaning of hard work at an early age, and she worries that today’s youth are missing out on the opportunity to learn that lesson for themselves.
“Kids have a hard time finding part time jobs,” she said. “You have to be a certain age before you can work at this job [or] work at that job. When we’re out in the country we have lots of jobs, to take care of the animals, the livestock and jobs that we did when I was a kid. And when we were on the farm, Shelby [would be] out there bushhoggin’ or mowin’ or something like that. When you’re in the city it’s hard to find a job for the kids, and so I wish there were more things for kids to do to get jobs at an earlier age.”
Though Reba believes kids should learn to work hard, just as her own son did, that doesn’t mean she wants them to work all the time. She is concerned that the younger generation is developing a sense of entitlement since they don’t have to work. “I understand why they enforce this law and why they put it into action is because of the child labor laws, but also, it has hurt our country in a way,” she said.
Reba will release her new single, “Somebody’s Chelsea,” next month. She is also planning her fall tour, set to kick off September 1. Watch Reba’s latest music video, “When Love Gets A Hold Of You,” HERE.