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Mom’s Tough Ultimatum For Her 13-Year-Old Son Who Didn’t Want To Help Her With Housework Goes Viral

Date October 25, 2018 14:25

Unwashed dishes, a hungry dog, an unmade bed – many parents have faced the problem of dealing with kids don’t want to help them with housework. No matter how young or old they are, kids always feel entitled to have a life of leisure, while their parents do all the work. But how to make them help you?

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It’s important to always ask nicely, even if you have to do it a couple of times. Cleaning dishes or making a bed is not a hard task to do but if your kids don’t do it perfectly, don’t discourage them. Avoid giving detailed instructions and let them do it their own way. Also, don’t criticize and just be grateful that the job is done.

However, this mom has found a more creative way to make her son do his share of housework.

Genius letter

One mother has gone viral after writing a letter to her misbehaving son, telling him unless he changes his attitude, he will have to pay bills.

Estella Havisham wrote a genius letter to her 13-year-old son, who seemed to forget he is a child and she is a parent. Havisham told him that unless he starts doing his share of housework, like cleaning his bedroom and taking out the trash, he would have to pay. She included how much everything costs from the rent to the internet and reminded him of his chores that he has to do or else she will take extra maid fee every day if she has to do them.

Havisham wrote:

Dear Aaron,

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 to learn 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/lightbulbs or access to the internet, you will need to pay 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 and 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 a roommate, we can negotiate terms.

Love, Mom

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Later Estella wrote an update, saying that her son initially acted like every kid would – crumpled up the note and stormed out. However, he did come around and apologized. What a clever parenting technique!

What to do if your child doesn’t listen?

It’s very possible that if your kid doesn’t respond to your request he or she simply didn’t hear it. It’s completely normal for kids to be completely absorbed in what they are doing.

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Nonetheless, it’s not advisable to bark orders at them. Rather, get down on your child’s level, ask them about what they are doing, and then, request something in a gentle manner. Make sure you have their attention, then speak. Do you have any tips on how to make kids listen and do the housework?

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