Mum divides parents after teaching her four-year-old son how to do her chores around the house – including scrubbing the toilet – and he loves it
- Dashiell Hsu, 4, has already learnt how to vacuum, mop and wash dishes
- Mum Agnes insists he ‘enjoys’ doing the tasks only when he wants to
- Opinions were divided on social media
Toddlers by mimicking their parents – and one handy four-year-old is now helping out with the cleaning chores at home.
Little Dashiell Hsu has already learnt an array of handy home skills – from vacuuming to cleaning the toilet, washing the dishes and loading the washing machine.
Mum Agnes, 47, from California, posted a video on social media of her son assisting with the tedious chores and he even enjoys baking.
While the clip quickly caught the attention of thousands, opinions were divided.
‘That’s amazing! Wow Dash,’ one person wrote, another said: ‘Can they just be 4 y/o? They will have a lifetime of chores and responsibilities when they get older.’
Little Dashiell Hsu has already learnt an array of handy home skills – from vacuuming to cleaning the toilet, washing the dishes and loading the washing machine
On Instagram mum Agnes disclaimed her son ‘does not do chores everyday nor is required to’ but instead he ‘likes to join’ and ‘thinks it’s fun’
‘What can a four-year-old do? Clean toilets, wash dishes, mop, do the laundry, vacuum, wipe counters, put away toys and bake a cake!’ Agnes said in the video as her son completed each task himself.
She’s also described Dashiell as a ‘highly organised and clean’ child.
On Instagram she also disclaimed her son ‘does not do chores everyday nor is required to’ but instead he ‘likes to join’ and ‘thinks it’s fun’.
‘Chores are great for teaching kids practical life skills and responsibility’, she wrote, adding: ‘He does NOT handle any chemicals.’
‘This isn’t about getting a super clean home it’s about letting kids be involved at home (if they choose) He actually told me “I love dishes”.’
Agnes told Newsweek: ‘Dashiell is responsible for cleaning up his toys and keeping his meal area tidy.
‘He was taught to clean aged two but doesn’t have a set schedule day to day. Initially, it was simple tasks like dusting and vacuuming but now he is a little older and helps me do a lot of sorting jobs like pairing socks and organising his toys.’
On TikTok hundreds criticised Agnes for being a ‘bad parent’ as it’s ‘wrong’ to make a child so young do chores.
‘um..how about you just let him oh I don’t know be a kid!?’ one person wrote.
‘If you’re helping him he’s not doing it,’ another said.
But other parents supported the decision and wished their own children would do the same, or at least show interest in helping out.
‘I love sooo much!!! Life skills are sooo important. All mine do ‘chores’ but it’s very much they step in and help out where it’s needed rather than a strict rota,’ one mum wrote.
Another said: ‘Yes they love to be our little helpers. My son loves using the big vacuum and wiping up messes, hates cleaning up his toys though.’
A third joked: ‘Why do they forget to do these things when they become a husband lol.’
‘Most husbands don’t even do that,’ another said.
Mum reveals the simple way she gets her three kids under the age of eight to do chores around the house
A savvy mum has revealed how a whiteboard from Kmart and buckets from IKEA have allowed her to create a system for getting her kids to help out around the home.
Shelley Kozyra, a mum-of-three from Sydney, recently took to Facebook to share a snap of her plan which functions as a reward scheme.
‘Full-time work and being mum to my beautiful three little ones Mr 7, Mr 5 and Miss 2 is busy and need all the help we can get,’ the woman captioned the post.
Each of children has their own bucket, and once these have been filled with a certain amount, their tokens can be traded for things they’d most like to do.
Her unique idea is based on principles outlined in books by American author Carol McCloud who is also known as the “Bucket Lady”.
Ms McCloud’s books have been written as a way of helping children make creative choices known as ‘bucket fillers’.
‘Aim is to work towards a number of tokens (laminated happy faces) that they put in the buckets and trade-in for something they would really like,’ Shelley said.
‘When ready – [they can get] a special outing (movies, dinner etc) one-on-one time, stay up a bit later, screen time or an item from the shops.