'16 and Pregnant' Star Is Teaching Her Son That Housework Is 'Manly'

'Teen Mom' star Nikkole Paulun shares viral post of son doing chores

Just because your child is a boy doesn't mean he gets a pass on cleaning and taking care of the home. At least that's how 16 and Pregnant star Nikkole Paulun plans to raise her son. The former MTV starlet's now-viral Facebook post shows Nikkole teaching her son how to do household chores, a notion that not only goes against the grain of society's established gender roles, but also reinforces why we, as parents, must do better for our kids.

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Earning over 144,000 likes, Nikkole's Facebook post keeps it real, is unapologetic, and serves as the perfect reminder to parents to teach kids -- regardless of their gender -- to do their share of the work.

Mom's 6-year-old son Lyle is doing an awesome job at taking care of business.

As Nikkole writes, "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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In case it's not clear, Nikkole has no time for her boy relying on a woman to do housework.

As Mom so eloquently puts it:

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.

So true.

As a mama of boys (I have a 2- and 1-year-old), I wholeheartedly agree with Nikkole's sentiments. My oldest loves to mop, sweep, help put up dishes, and assist in seasoning meals made in this home. And my 1-year-old is slowly but surely getting there.

I'm the only gal in a house full of men, but guess what? They don't get a pass on helping out. My husband was raised to cook, clean, and provide for himself -- and we plan on teaching our kids the same thing.

Like Nikkole says:

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.

My boys will eventually leave the nest (tear) to live on their own. I don't want them calling me every three seconds asking if I can come over to fluff their sheets, cook a meal, or do their laundry.

They will learn how to take care of themselves, because that's what everyone should learn, period.

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And just in case there's any doubt, Nikkole plans to teach her daughter how to do "a man's job," too.

I commend this mom for raising her kids to be self-sufficient. Change starts with us, and we need to teach our children they no longer have to conform to gender roles.

Good job, Mom.

 

Image via Nikkole Paulun/Facebook

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