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Old 04-29-2014, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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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.

BBC News - Spain: Children 'must do housework' under draft law
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:14 PM
 
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Talk about the government being involved in the family.

At first I thought a politician got mad at his kids for not doing housework. Then I read that all children are "required to participate in all household tasks regardless of age and gender." That tells me the government doesn't want double standards and feels all children should learn all skills regardless of gender---for example, boys should learn how to cook and girls should learn how to mow lawns.

But do they plan to incarcerate kids who don't do housework? Or the parents for not making them?

I especially like this part:

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Married Spanish men can also face legal sanctions for refusing to do housework - an update in 2005 to the marriage contract used for the country's civil ceremonies added a clause requiring men to share in household duties, and the care of children and elderly relatives.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Finland
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Interesting!

Said no sanctions have been mentioned, I'd expect it'd be considered more of a guideline than a strict law, or then the sanctions would be involvement with child services to reinforce the 'rules'

Edit: I really like the amendment to the marriage law!
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:47 AM
 
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I'd like to see that shown to a U.S. High School class!

I can hear them screaming like stuck pigs now... ("Unfair!" "You can't make to do that!", etc.)
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:38 AM
 
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i especially like this part:

"married spanish men can also face legal sanctions for refusing to do housework - an update in 2005 to the marriage contract used for the country's civil ceremonies added a clause requiring men to share in household duties, and the care of children and elderly relatives."
lol! +1
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:41 AM
 
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I'd like to see that shown to a U.S. High School class!

I can hear them screaming like stuck pigs now... ("Unfair!" "You can't make to do that!", etc.)
They wouldn't scream. They'd just laugh.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Northern VA (for now)
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Dangerous precedent. Once the government gets into your home no telling what they are willing to do.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:01 PM
 
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Spain has been in people's homes for friggin' ever.
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:21 PM
 
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Very interesting, but I don't see how they can enforce this if the parents don't cooperate.
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Interesting what those crazy Europeans are doing now, but shouldn't this be in the Parenting forum?
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