VENICE, Italy — A mother who posted letter to Facebook to teacher her son a lesson thought only her friends and family would see it, but it has gone viral after she clicked public by “accident.”
Heidi Johnson’s letter to her 13-year-old son, Aaron, starts out, “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.”
The letter continues to say that her son making his own money and it will be easy for him to buy back all the items she’s bought for him in the past.
“If you would like your lamp/light bulbs or access to the internet, you will need to pay your share of costs:”
Rent – $430
Electricity – $116
Internet – $21
Food – $150
The mom says she will also charge him a $30 maid fee if he doesn’t start cleaning up after himself.
After Johnson’s post went viral with over 160,000 shares, she explained it in another Facebook post.
“I see that a lot of people have varying opinions on my letter to my son. It was originally intended for friends, but I clicked public on accident. It’s out there; and I am not ashamed of what I wrote. I am not keeping it out for likes, dislikes, or anything like that. People can feel free to read and take whatever they like from it.” Johnson says since she posted the letter, her son has apologized and is trying harder.