Be There: Helping Around the House

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - When kids go to school they learn reading and writing, but it's up to the parents to teach cooking and cleaning. In this week's "Be There" we find out how one family stresses the importance of taking care of oneself.

The Green family submitted their "Be There" entry saying that although their daughter has a few more years living at home, they wanted her to be prepared to take care of herself when she gets into the real world. The lesson teaches her to be self-sufficient, and it also helps out around the house.

John Green said, "What we're trying to do is teach her for the advancement of life, which is the most important part. It's nice going to school and getting an education, but you also have to learn other parts about life such as taking care of yourself in the future."

Johnelle Green is in the 8th grade, but she's already learning how to do things around the house like an adult, "They're teaching me how to clean clothes because it'll take me a while to learn that."

Other than laundry and cleaning, she has also found a new love in the kitchen, "If you want to save your money, you should start learning how to cook now. Unless you have the money to go out every night and day to go to McDonald's to buy something, I think you should learn right now."

Her step-mother Mary Green told News Leader Nine, "She's a quick learner and she does very well with her cooking and she teaches me things too. I'll say, wow, I didn't realize that, but she's very good with her house-keeping."

Her parents want to stress the importance of learning these skills early in life, so she'll be prepared to handle household chores on her own one day.

"Once I get out in the real world, if I don't have them with me, it'll be hard to learn from some kid because they might not have learned from their parents," said Johnelle.

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