When we were kids, my sister and I used to have to take turns setting and clearing the dinner table and washing the dishes. Each time it was my night to wash the dishes, I used to imagine I was Cinderella and being forced into slave labor by my evil mother as I scrubbed at the pots and pans.
Of course now that I’m a mom I understand the value of getting your child to participate in household duties and messes, particularly ones they had a hand in making.
Still, I admire the chutzpah of an 11-year-old German boy who called police to complain of “forced labor” after his mom told him to help clean their house.
The boy, who is from Aachen, whined to police, “I have to work all day long. I haven’t any free time.”
For her part, the mom said her son had repeatedly threatened to call the cops because he was made to do chores during school holidays.
“He plays all day long and when told to tidy up what he’s done, he calls it forced labor,” she told police.
Quelle horreur (or however they say it in German)!
I applaud the mom for forcing her kid into, um, labor. But not as loudly as I applaud the kid for calling the cops on her. Someone’s got to keep the soul of childhood alive these days.
Do your kids ever feel they, too, are victims of forced labor?
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