Originally Posted by Cado
(Full disclosure: I started cooking my own meals, doing my own laundry, setting my own bed time, along with a number of other, smaller things when I was 13. Frankly, I think that anyone who goes past that age without doing all of that (or at least being able to) is being coddled or kept artificially immature.)
Full disclosure: when I was 13, I was also doing all that, and more. Because apart from caring for myself, I had to help to care for my grandmother who was, by then, bedridden and suffering from dementia. While it was difficult, I was fully committed to the task, since she was, after all, the ine who cared for me when I was an even younger child.
So yes, I learned from a relatively young age not just to look after myself but also to look after others.