“Household work isn’t just for women.”
A mom of two from Monroe, Michigan has received a lot of praise – as well as criticism – for attempting to destroy heteronormative stereotypes. Nikkole Paulun is teaching her 6-year-old son about the importance of chores, and she is sharing her experiences on Facebook.
The 23-year-old – who appeared on MTV reality show ’16 and Pregnant’ – recently posted photos of her son Lyle cooking, doing the laundry and cleaning in order to remind him – and everyone else – that chores aren’t “just for women.” She wrote: “I teach my son to cook & do household chores. 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.”
The single mom – who also has a 1-year-old daughter, Ellie – explains: “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.” In addition to that, Paulun says it is her responsibility to ensure that her son does not become a man who feels cooking and cleaning is beneath him.
The young woman shared the photos because she wanted to “inspire some other parents to do the same”. And she most likely did: her post went viral and it currently has 146,000 likes. Paulun is hoping that everything she’s teaching her son will stick with him into adulthood. She concludes: “He knows that I take on a huge load by taking care of them, so he tries to help me out a lot. He’s really respectable.”