VENICE, Italy – A mother’s Facebook post about a “bill” to her 13-year-old son has gone viral.
The woman named Heidi Johnson was trying to teach her 13-year-old son, Aaron, a lesson, according to news sources.
She reportedly thought only her friends and family would see it, but the letter went viral after she clicked public by “accident.”
Her letter to him starts out, “Since you seem to have forgotten you are only 13, I’m the parent and you won’t be controlled, I guess you will need a lesson in independence.”
In the letter, Johnson said her son is making his own money now and throwing that fact in her face. She said it will be easy for him to buy back all the items she’s bought for him in the past.
The letter goes on to say, “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 mother said 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,” she said. “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 said her son has apologized and is trying harder since the letter went viral.