A boy of 11 called a German police emergency line to complain of "forced labour" after his mother told him to help clean the home.
Police say the boy from Aachen, who has not been identified, spoke to an officer via the 110 number.
They say he complained: "I have to work all day long. I haven't any free time."
I side with the child. This business of forcing children to clean up after themselves is empty moralizing. Making a boy clean his room is as meaningful as a dog biting a rock. Children should do no housework. There is no honor in housework. One should not beam with pride at the sight of a counter or window they've just wiped. Domestic chores are dreary, and it's better to be free from them. This type of freedom is a child's right.