A former star of the MTV show 16 and Pregnant shared photographs of her son cooking, doing laundry and cleaning dishes to show she taught her son that “household work isn’t just women.”
The post resonated, gaining over 140,000 "likes" on Facebook in two weeks.
Nikkole Paulun, the single mother who appeared in Season 2 of the reality show, explained in the post that starting her son early on housework felt important 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.”
Paulun, a 23-year-old in Monroe, Mich., grew up in a single-parent household herself, with a mother who worked as an electrician with Ford, according to Good Morning America.
Without a father in her son’s life, Paulun told ABC she’s had to teach her son skills “that his dad would teach him and the things that mom would teach him.” She mothers a 1-year-old daughter, too, the network noted.
The post continues:
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.