All young persons want to grow up fast. You do not want to be told what to do, and you want to make all of your own decisions. That is fine, it is the hallmark of adulthood. But to get that sort of liberty, some things are required of you. After all, it was a famous man who said “With Liberty comes increased responsibility!” Did you know that?
This was the lesson that a mother in America, Heidi Johnson, would teach her son after he lied about his homework, told his mom that she wasn’t the boss of him, and even claimed he could pay his own way in life with his earnings making videos on YouTube. Please, read her letter below.
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/light bulbs or access to the internet, you will need to pay your share of costs:
Rent: $430 = ₦85,660
Electricity: $116 = ₦23,100
Internet: $21 = ₦4,200
Food: $150 = ₦29,900
Also you will need to empty the trash Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, as well as sweep and vacuum on 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 ( ₦5,980) 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.
How would you have replied had your mom written this letter to you after having behaved unruly? What do you think Aaron did?
Initially, Aaron crumpled up the note and stormed out when he saw it, but he later came around. He apologized and asked what he could do to earn back items she had taken from his room — including some electronics, his favorite sheets and some clothes. And his mother – like yours – had no intention of throwing him out of the house, or having him bring some money home.
She only wanted to teach him about responsibility, appreciation, and respect, and the fact that our actions have very great consequences, something teenagers forget. So being an adult is not all fun, it also comes with a lot of responsibilities and sacrifices. So, listen to your parents when they try to teach you these life skills, you will thank them in the future when you become a responsible adult calling all the shots.