For most, the household chores are an arduous task.
But for mother-of-one Linda Bannon, simple jobs such as cooking dinner in the evening, washing up and making the bed, present an almost impossible challenge.
The 35-year-old was born with no arms - the result of the rare hereditary condition Holt-Oram syndrome, which affects bone growth and can cause heart problems.
When Timmy was born, he had holes in his heart and spent two months in hospital. He has since made a full recovery
And the mother-of-one has passed on her inspirational attitude to her son, Timmy, who was born with the same condition.
Like her, the nine-year-old has not let the condition hold him back.
He can swim, regularly takes taekwondo classes and plays video games like any boy his age - using his toes to grip the controller.
Mrs Bannon, who has taught herself to eat using cutlery, put on make-up and even sew using her feet, said: 'Timmy is just like any other little boy.
'He does his homework, plays Lego and tidies his room, all using his feet.