A law that requires children to help with household chores and respect their parents? In Spain, it could become reality.
A draft law set before Parliament last month would mandate just that. Extreme? Perhaps. But it’s doubtful many parents complaining — and it might not be so far-fetched. After all, Spain’s husbands already have legal obligations to do chores and help with childcare.
Spain certainly isn’t the only country to adopt or consider such unusual measures. Here’s a closer look at the Spanish law as well as some other surprising work–related rules and norms that have come into force around the globe in the last few years, including cutting off after-hour email and measuring employee waistlines. Click through the images above to read about the others.
The measure in Spain that would require kids to help out around the house is currently just a draft law, but it lists the responsibilities and obligations of children to include “participating in family life, respecting their parents and siblings” and “co-responsibility in caring for the home and performing household chores according to their age and regardless of their gender."
No punishments or penalties are listed for failing to comply, though. Montse Reguera, a teacher in Madrid and parent, said the section of the draft law regarding chores and respect made her laugh when she read about it and that she thinks it’s unnecessary. “As any other families in the world, Spanish families have their own rules, unwritten moral rules and private rules that children learn as they grow up,” she said.
Husbands in Spain already have legal language holding them accountable for housework. A 2005 addendum to the marriage contract used in Spanish civil ceremonies stipulates men are required to shoulder household duties, as well as help care for children and elderly family members. (Thinkstock)