Moms’ Letter To “Independent” Child Is Still Going Viral Even Years Later Since She Wrote It
Teenagers can be a challenge to deal with at times. This is a ‘phase’ they insist they will quickly get through. It is crucial for parents to do what they believe is best for their children before things go awry.
Heidi Johnson, a single mother, realized she had to take extraordinary measures to teach her son to respect and obey her. Aaron was just 13 years old. He was at a phase when he was too difficult to discipline.
It was the teen’s assumption that he was free to disregard his mother’s rules at home. He would refuse to complete his tasks at home or even his schoolwork if she asked him to. His electronic devices would take up a majority of his time.
At the time, Aaron was a small YouTube but he’s already making his own money. He assumed that since he’s already earning, he felt a sense of entitlement that he no longer needed to accomplish anything else at home or devote more time to his academics.
And his mother was not happy about it. That was the breaking point for Heidi. She felt that he needed some “tough love” and of course, like all mothers, she was prepared to deliver it.
While he was at school, Heidi wrote him a letter. She wrote:
“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.”
She went on to say that he can pay her back for what she bought and provided for him for free because he is so arrogant now that he is already making his own money. Everything from lightbulbs to his clothing is included in what he will be paying back.
Among the many things she listed for him was rent and electricity. After that, she also assigned him certain errands to complete because he had declared himself “independent.”
To conclude the letter, she wrote:
“If you decide you would rather be my child again, instead of a roommate, we can renegotiate terms.”
Once she had taken a picture of the letter and posted it on Facebook, she hung it on her son’s bedroom door. In her mind, only close friends and family would be able to see her post since she has a very tight circle of friends online.
That’s why she was surprised when the very next day, her Facebook account received 100 additional requests. She realized that her letter has gone viral!
Her son was furious after finding the note. Heidi shared, “He crumpled the letter, threw it to the floor, and stormed out of the apartment.”
In the beginning, he doubted that his mother would follow through with the promises she made in the letter. However, about an hour later, he appeared to have understood she was not joking about this. In order to get back what he thought he should have, he removed the television from the bedroom and some other items.
Then, he apologized after realizing that he was wrong.
After six years, Heidi’s lesson to her son is still relevant now more than ever before. People are still reacting to her post, commenting, and spreading the word on social media about her viral post.