This mom reminded her 13-year-old son what she does for him with zero subtlety.
Estella's 13-year-old son Aaron was being disrespectful, and if I know teenagers that means being a total ass because your hormones are making you act like an insane person. According to Estella's explanation of the now-viral note, Aaron makes "a teeny bit on money" from YouTube, and thought that meant he deserved more independence. She wrote him a note explaining what true independence meant. Here's the full text of the note:
Since you seem to have forgotten 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 you in the past. If you would like your lamp/light bulbs or access to the internet, you will need to pay for 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 & vaccum [sic] 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 roommate, we can renegotiate terms.
Estella included this status in her Facebook post with the note:
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.
Initially, Aaron got angry and staged a "sit-in" in his mom's room, saying "Really? What are you going to do? You can't take my stuff," but they eventually came to an agreement.
Part of the reason this note went viral is because people think she is shaming her son publicly to get attention, which she says is not true, and that she shared the note publicly "on accident"—intending for it only to be seen by family and friends. Either way, this note ranks rather low on the shaming spectrum.