Parents have a lot on their hands while dealing with teenagers in this current generation. With the world at their fingertips online, they feel like they already know everything or could get the answer to anything since Google is all too happy to tell them. But more and more children than ever before are expecting things for nothing.
Not only do teens expect money from their parents and to be taken care of, they want respect and independence without ever having earned it for themselves. While parents try their best to raise their kids right, many people are feeding into the entitlement by acting more as their “friend” and less as a parent. Doesn’t it seem like parents are too afraid to discipline their child?
Well when Heidi Johnson learned that her son was lying to her, she didn’t just feel betrayed, she felt disrespected. So she decided to create a punishment that her entitled brat would understand. And it came to him in the form of a handwritten letter…
Because Aaron had figured out a way to make a few dollars on YouTube, he decided that he no longer needed to do his homework. So he started lying to his mom about it.
When mom confronted Aaron about his lie, he laughed in her face and told her that he was a real man since he was making money now. Oh, Aaron, how much you still need to learn…
While there is no correct way to parent, and every situation is different, what Heidi did in response is a great example to other parents on how to deal with an entitled brat who thinks the world owes him everything.
Because Aaron thought he was a “man,” mom wrote him a letter that scared the crap out of the 13-year-old boy. Because he was “independent” now, he need to pay his fair share of all the bills. But the numbers terrified the brat so much, he came running back to mommy in minutes.
“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 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/lightbulb or access to the internet, you will need to pay your share of the costs.
“Rent – $430
“Electricity – $116
“Internet – $21
“Food – $150
“Also, you will need to empty the trash Mon, Wed, & Friday, as well as sweep + 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 roommates, we can renegotiate terms.
While Heidi only planned to share the letter with her immediate family and friends, it eventually went viral online getting shared more than 165,000 times.
Aaron ran out of the house angry when he was that his mom had won. But an hour later, he came crawling back. So Heidi crafted a contract that laid out all terms for their living arrangement.
Her son won’t have the liberty to be an entitled brat anymore…
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