Teenage boys around the world may want to take note: Don’t brag about your income unless you’re prepared to start helping out with bills and household chores. You could make your mother very angry — and she might expose you to the entire world via Facebook.
It appears that a 13-year-old boy named "Aaron" is learning this lesson the hard way. His mother, who was using the alias Estella Havisham (perhaps a reference to the unattainable beauty from “Great Expectations”) on Facebook, wrote a stern note to Aaron, insisting that if he wanted to go on behaving like a “roommate” rather than her child, he’d better be prepared to pay up and take care of himself.
Mom gave Aaron an estimate of his monthly costs. Between Internet, electricity, food and rent, he racked up a bill of over $700.
TODAY reached out to the Facebook user, who wasn't immediately available for comment.
“Also you will need to empty the trash Mon, Wed & Friday as well as sweep and vacuum those days,” the note continues. “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.”
Hey, at least she signed the letter "Love, Mom." But love aside, this mom means business. And she proved it by publishing the note on Facebook. Within hours the note became a subject of praise and scrutiny. Some mothers applauded Estella's tough love, while others deemed it too harsh.
Shortly after the post went viral, Estella appeared to publish another post that addressed some of the mom-judging and lent context to her note. Facebook user Heidi Johnson — possibly the real name of Estella Havisham — shared the post.
“I see that a lot of people have varying opinions on my letter to my son," she wrote in the follow-up post. "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. Though, I do feel like I may need to clarify a few things,” the note read.
The mother went on to explain that Aaron has been making money from his YouTube channel, and also lied about doing his homework. She said she’s a single mom who is living with chronic health issues, and that she would never let her son end up on the street if he didn’t start paying up.
“He has apologized multiple times,” she wrote. “He even removed some luxuries from his room that I missed. And... he is trying harder. Just because he is doing things better doesn't mean he gets everything back in one grandeur leap of faith; he earns a little back at a time. The necessities are the first to be earned back... then, the luxuries.”
Facebook comments on the latest post continue to pour in.
Most moms are taking Estella’s side, saying there should be more moms taking the tough love approach and standing their ground.