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Proposed law to make chores mandatory for kids under 18

Instead of just getting grounded for blowing off household chores, kids in Spain could soon face trouble with the law. Yes, you read that right.
Jessica Ivins, KSL Modified: May 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm •  Published: May 5, 2014

SPAIN — Ever feel like you need to handcuff your kids to the dishwasher to get them to finish cleaning up after dinner? The Spanish government is looking to send in some serious (and unconventional) backup for parents in the country.

Instead of just getting grounded for ignoring household chores, kids in Spain may soon be facing trouble with the law. Yes, you read that right.

The Spanish Parliament has already passed a draft law — “The Rights and Duties of Children” — that requires kids under the age of 18 to be actively involved in household duties and to “participate in family life” without complaint, according to Spain’s ABC newspaper.

The law states that kids would have a “co-responsibility for caring for the home,” and would be required to “perform household tasks regardless of gender,” according to Today Moms. Responsibilities would vary depending on age, but all children would have specific jobs to do. Kids who don’t do their jobs are essentially breaking the law.

In other words: every parent’s dream.

But it’s not just about chores. Children would be legally obligated to treat their parents, siblings and other family members with respect. That means sibling bickering is strictly banned, impoliteness illegal and backtalk outlawed.

Legislators feel that same respect should extend to the classroom as well. The law requires kids to heed teachers, adhere to school rules and “maintain a positive attitude about learning.”

But parents, before you pack your bags and head to Spain, consider the catch. In its current form, the draft doesn’t specify punishment for kids who dare to ignore the dishes — meaning you can’t send your kid to the slammer for a night, no matter how much you may be tempted.

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