Do everything without complaining

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How do you respond when your parents ask you to do chores?

We all know what it feels like to be nagged by our parents, but how far would you go to avoid doing house work?

Recently, an 11-year-old German boy called police to complain that his mother keeps making him do chores during his summer school holidays, police in the western city of Aachen.

"Hello. My mother is putting me into forced labour," began Leon, not his real name, during a five-minute call to the emergency number 110.

"What do you have to do?" the police officer answering the call asked the boy.

"I have to clean up the terrace. I've got to work the whole day," said Leon.

The boy's mother, who was standing next to him, explained to police that Leon had been threatening to report her for weeks.

"Just now, when he was told to pick up a few bits of paper lying round on the floor, he wanted to ring the police. Actually, he plays the whole day long. Whenever you ask him to tidy away his own mess, he says it's forced labour."

"So I thought, just let him try," the mother said.

Amused police said Leon (who sulkily refused to come back to the phone afterwards), appeared to be going through a rebellious phase.

Are you a great complainer?

You may never have reported your parents to the police for 'forced labour', however if you do feel like Leon at times, remember Colossians 3:20,

“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”

And while you are at it, also remember Philippians 2:14,

“Do everything without complaining or arguing" 

Why not even volunteer to do some extra work around the house on your holidays? When your parents ask why the sudden change of heart, let them know about Leon.

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