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Sep 01, 2014

Should a Law Force Kids to Do Chores?

Do you do the dishes at home? Sweep the floor? Kids in Spain soon may have no choice. Last spring, Spanish lawmakers proposed, or suggested, a new law that would require kids younger than 18 to help with household chores.

The law is meant to send a message to kids about the importance of being responsible. People who support the law say that most kids don’t do enough around the house. In the United States, kids do less than 30 minutes of housework a day on average, according to a recent study.

Many people would like to sweep the idea into the trash, however. “It’s important for kids to help out around the house, but it should be up to the parents, not the government, to make the rules at home,” says Jane Nussbaum. She’s the editor of Parent & Child magazine.

The law in Spain wouldn’t include any penalties for kids who don’t do chores. Critics of the law  say there’s no point in having a law that can’t be enforced.

Should the U.S. consider a law like this?

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