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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 02:21 PM

Spanish children may soon be required to help out with housework, under a draft law that has been approved by parliament.

The measure, which would be part of a wider child protection law, says that children under the age of 18 have an obligation to participate in all areas of family life. That includes "co-responsibility in caring for the home and performing household tasks regardless of age and gender", the ABC newspaper says. The rules come under a section of the law called "the rights and duties of children".

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ewhere-27187982

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 02:39 PM

On the face of it I don't see a problem with this... When I was growing up we all had our chores to do... And woe unto the one of us who forgot!....


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 04:13 PM

Is this a joke?


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 04:41 PM

No I don't think it's a joke.All children should learn to help their parents with cleaning up the house;seperating the laundry; setting the table for dinner or other tasks. What they do  should be based on their age. Little kids often try to help their parentsthat's how they learn to do things.
Momma showed us three how to cook;daddy did too. When we were little we might bring momma veggies from the fridge or do other little things to help her out.Kids need to learn this stuff so that when they grow up they can take care of their own families.That's like if you work on a car and your son expresses an interest in what you are doing;especially if he's a teenager.Let him help if he can.You can fix the plumbing or
make furniture or something let him help.Do you see what I'm getting at? It will help prepare these kids for life on their own;and they can then pass these skills on to their kids and so on.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 04:49 PM

It's not that bad, but might this lead to more demands in the future? It sounds okay on paper, but I hope they can just rely on good parenting for that.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 05:13 PM

I agree that children should help out. It just strikes me that this is not the role of legislation. And how would it be policed?

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 05:34 PM

Send the lil' buggers down the mines or up chimneys!

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 06:02 PM

View Postealdwita, on 30 April 2014 - 05:34 PM, said:

Send the lil' buggers down the mines or up chimneys!
what happens if you have a teenager who is too large?


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 06:12 PM

View PostYes_Man, on 30 April 2014 - 06:02 PM, said:

what happens if you have a teenager who is too large?

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 07:36 PM

View Poststevewinn, on 30 April 2014 - 06:12 PM, said:

specialise in industrial chimneys and/or open cast-mines.

The large ones make the best pies.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 07:53 PM

There's nothing wrong with children helping around the house (it never did me any harm) as long as they don't get taken advantage of and turned into 'slaves' by lazy parents. I don't see why they need a law to enforce this, that's rather extreme. Besides children are more likely to help if they feel they're in charge, forcing them to help is a bad idea. Help out by all means, but make it law? - that's crazy!

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:58 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 30 April 2014 - 07:53 PM, said:

There's nothing wrong with children helping around the house (it never did me any harm) as long as they don't get taken advantage of and turned into 'slaves' by lazy parents. I don't see why they need a law to enforce this, that's rather extreme. Besides children are more likely to help if they feel they're in charge, forcing them to help is a bad idea. Help out by all means, but make it law? - that's crazy!
The problem is Spain doesn't have that youth and also keeps them of the streets from trouble, the government feels that teenagers are getting lazy. thats how i see it


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:40 PM

Do they have problems over there with kids calling protective services because their "abusive" parents made them clean their room or such? I've heard stories like that over here... Maybe they're just covering their butt from issues like this.

I do agree that this is firmly in the realm of parenting, and not government.

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 07:04 AM

You mean this isn't a law already?   That would mean that an auntie of mine lied to me and my cousins on a repeated basis when chores were to be done. She always claimed that it was a law that if you were in her house, you HAD to do your fair share of housework! :tu:


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 07:10 AM

View PostYes_Man, on 30 April 2014 - 06:02 PM, said:

what happens if you have a teenager who is too large?
Trade it in for a child?






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