Mother teaches son life lesson: ‘Household work isn’t just for women’

MONROE, Mich. — Michigan mother and former star of MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” Nikkole Paulun shared pictures of her son cooking, cleaning dishes and doing laundry to show that “household work isn’t just for women.”

On Oct. 6, Paulun published the photos of 6-year-old Lyle on Facebook and the post has since gone viral.

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. 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. 

Growing up without a father, Paulun said she had to teach Lyle the skills “that his dad would teach him and the things that mom would teach him,” according to Good Morning America.

“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,” the post says. “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. ❤️”

In less than two weeks, the post has more than 144,000 likes and 57,150 shares.