Our expert says:
What is it about running in bath water that you think might be beyond the capacity of a boy of 8 ? As he's going to climb into it, he's motivated not to make it too hot or cold, and arranging the temperature and amount isn't awfully difficult.
I think it's an important part of growing up to learn to be trusted with chores like this. Once he has mastered it, it can be an affectionate thing to do to run a bath for him - and he could also be asked at times to do it for you.
There's a difference between implying that he's not able to do someothing, and exchanging favours and chores between competent members of a family
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