Forget the terrible twos, it's the terrible teens parents have to worry about, when they know it ALL. One mother taught her disrespectful, lying son a life lesson with a letter that's gone viral.

Estella's 13 year-old son Aaron lied about doing his homework, and informed me I couldn't control him. He was a free person. How dare I think I had any right to tell him what he could or could not do. He barge out of my room stating, “Well, I am making money now.”

Estella wrote Aaron a letter and posted it on Facebook the next day. "The child is going to have a rude awakening today after the words he exchanged with me last night. Not only will be find this on the door, but his mattress stripped, and the toys and clothes that I bought confiscated. He will have three options.. Buy his own, rent his clothes at $3 a day, or renegotiate his terms of being a child. Mama's done playing games and being a doormat."

Dear Aaron,
Since you seem to have forgotten that you are only 13 and I’m the parent, and that you won’t be controlled, I guess you will need to learn a lesson in independence. Also, as you threw in my face that you are making money now, it will be easier to buy back all the items I bought for you in the past.

If you would like your lamp/lightbulbs or access to the internet, you will need to pay your share of costs:
Rent: $430
Electricity: $116
Internet: $21
Food: $150

Also you will need to empty the trash Mon, Wed & Friday as well as sweep and vacuum those days. You will need to keep your bathroom clean weekly, prepare your own meals and clean up after yourself. If you fail to do so I will charge you a $30 maid fee for every day I have to do it.

If you decide you would rather be MY CHILD again instead of a roommate, we can negotiate terms.

After the letter went viral, which was not Estella's intention, she posted an explanation on Facebook.

"My parenting style doesn't work for everyone but I cannot send this child into college or the workforce with the attitude of 'I'll get to it when I get to it,'" she wrote.

Several criticized Estella's parenting, questioning charging a child fees. "I wrote him a bill to make a point. Nothing comes free. I am not trying to make a buck off my kid; otherwise I would have sold him to the circus a long time ago," she jokes. "It was a lesson about gratitude and respect. Sometimes, you have to lose it all to realize how well you really had it."

If more parents raised their children to respect others and be grateful, we'd have a lot more well behaved kids.

Hey Folks! If you are even the least bit curious about the background of this letter, here is a link to what lead up to...

Posted by Heidi Johnson on Wednesday, September 2, 2015


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