Our expert says:
These are learned behaviours, not naturally ocurring in a kid of 9, unless taught by an over-protective parent who fails to encourage autonomy and personal care skills. You surely have been spoiling him.
BUT, his excitement to show you that he cleaned his room is excellent news - leap on that, praise him to the hilt, and encourage him to progress rapidly with other skills of independence. Well before the age of 9 not only have most kids mastered all those skills, but they would be indignant if you suggested doing those things for them.
Learning these and other skills is a positive joy for most kids, if given the right encouragement. Start with supervising HIM doing such tings, be lavish in priase for his successes, and emphasize your pride in him so rapidly becoming such a big bot
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