Nikkole Paulun from Monroe, MI, is a single mother of two. She is doing her best to raise her 6-year-old son and baby girl to be the best versions of themselves.
Recently, Paulun shared a post on Facebook about her son’s chores. The mother believes that teaching her son to cook, clean, and do laundry will show him that housework isn’t just for women.
“I really just want to make sure that he grows up to be somebody who is self-sufficient and that he’s not considered lazy,” Paulun told ABC News. “He’s going to be a good hardworking man. You can’t have that if you don’t start teaching them when they’re young.”
Paulun plans on teaching her 1-year-old daughter things like how to change a tire and fix a leaky sink once she is old enough.
The mother has had to play both father and mother to her children.
“I was his tee-ball coach and then I have to go home and teach him how to cook too,” she said.
When Nikkole shared photos of her son doing chores on Facebook they quickly went viral. See her message about cleaning and “manliness” below.
“I teach my son to cook & do household chores,” Paulun wrote on Facebook. “Why? Because household work isn’t just for women.”
“Because one day he might be a single man, living on his own, who will actually know how to do laundry & not eat take out every night. Because one day he might want to impress a significant other with a meal cooked by his own hands.”
“Because one day when he has kids & a spouse, he’s going to need to do his fair share around the home. Because I live in a generation of people who complain that school didn’t teach us how to cook, do laundry, tie a tie, or pay taxes.”
“Because teaching my son how to do these things and be a productive member of society both outside the home and inside, starts with ME. Because it’s okay to let your child be a child but still teach them lifelong lessons along the way.”
“My son will never be too ‘manly’ to cook or do chores. He will be the kind of man who can come inside from changing a tire to check on his pot roast. Who can properly sort his laundry and mow the lawn too.”
“Remember parents, a man who believes he shouldn’t have to cook or do chores was once a boy who was never taught any better.”
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