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Spain: Children 'must do housework' under law

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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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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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Is this a joke?

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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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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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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?

The mind, as usual, boggles.

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

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

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

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

The large ones make the best pies.

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

Trade it in for a child?
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When looking at the original draft legislation (rather than the BBC version) then you realise that what is being described is just commentary - not part of the Legislation itself. There is NO legal imperitive involved

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Can't we have this in the UK. The teenagers in our home wont lift a finger.

I grew up having to do chores, it prepared me well for the menial tasks I was asked to carry out when I started work as a junior.

A friends daughter walked out of a work experience place as they asked her to wash up some cups so they could all have a tea break. Her justification was 'I am not going to be a f-word skivvy for anyone at work.

What a lovely attitude for a potential future employer.

Edited by skookum
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HEH. i think it should be that way everywhere, I have no idea why my generation and the generation after me felt we had to give children 'freedom' of being children to such a point that when they became teens and adults, they suddenly felt 'entitled' to everything.

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On the bright side, now at least when a Spanish teen tries to sue the parents the parents have some legal cover :tu:

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Really? They need to legislate this? What business is it of the government if a family wants the child to do chores or not? Their economy is on the verge of collapse. Rome burns while Nero plays the violin.

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

Welcome back sir!

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I think I will have to tell my 11 yr old son about this - but "forget" to mention the part about Spain lol

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this is good and sometimes it must be forced ..... the world is going to hell because we are to soft to kids..

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