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Mom Teaches Her Son Chores, "Because Household Work Isn’t Just For Women"

Talks of gender roles have come to the forefront of many conversations. Is this a man's job? Should women be allowed to do this? Should only women be allowed to do this? It can be a tricky sea to navigate based on history and prior notions of who "should" be doing what.

But for mom Nikkole Paulun, she wants to make it clear to both her son and the world that household chores are not just a female task.

"I teach my son to cook and do household chores. Why? Because household work isn't just for women," Paulun wrote on Facebook. "Because one day he might be a single man, living on his own, who will actually know how to do laundry and not eat take out every night."

Her final line reads, "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." Powerful stuff.

Of course, because the Internet is the Internet, Paulun was met with criticism about her decision to teach her son about cooking, cleaning, and laundry.

"Will you teach daughters to do yard work, change a tire and mow the lawns, or the typical response of that's a man's job only goes one way?" asked Scottie Wade.

"You do not have kids to be your slave! Or to do the chores that you yourself don't want to do. I agree with teaching responsibility! But enough is enough," said Tammy Ballavance.

But for the most part, Nikkole Paulun was met with extreme praise for her teachings.

"Who are these idiots who don't care for your ideas about raising your son? When I went off to college very few boys knew how to do anything. I did because I was taught by a mother like you. I can cook, wash, iron and clean as good as any woman and could do it before I graduated high school," wrote Billy Brasher. "I have two sisters who know how to do so called 'woman's work' and they can do anything a man can do. We were blessed with a mother who loved us enough to not send us into the world unprepared. You are to be commended for your support and love of your son. You go, girl!"

"I just read this to my son. Because your doing an amazing job raising your son. The woman he brings home one day will thank you for how you raised him!! Good going girl!! I give you praise."

Have you taught your kids similar things? Let us know in the comments!

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