A popular YouTuber was put in his place after his mother responded to his newfound sense of entitlement upon becoming a paid YouTube star.
Aaron, the 13-year-old YouTuber, shared his excitement on social media about the income he was receiving from his popular videos, saying that since he is “making money now,” his mother no longer had the right to tell him what to do. That’s when Etella Havisham, the teen’s mother, stepped in.
Havisham shared on her Facebook that after her son’s post, she taped a note to his door. The note included a contract that was intended to teach him a lesson about responsibility, respect and finances.
“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," Havisham wrote in the letter. “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.”
The mother then detailed the various bills her son would need to start paying now that he was making money, including $430 a month for rent, $116 for electricity, $21 for Internet and $150 for food.
“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."
“If you decide you would rather be MY CHILD again instead of a roommate, we can negotiate terms," the letter concludes.
Havisham later revealed that following the note, she had a breakthrough with her son that put him on the path to having a more respectful and responsible attitude towards her.
“Later, that same night, he came back into my room and sat on the foot of my bed and asked if we could talk,” she wrote on Facebook. “He wanted to know how he could earn things back.”
The single mother defended her actions, saying that the point was to send a message to her son rather than to make him contribute financially.
“It may have seemed like tough love, or a harsh reality check, but putting it into practice has been fairly gentle,” she said.
“I have seen him trying to be more conscientious…everything has a honeymoon period; so, only time will tell — But as for this week, things are much better and I have high hopes," she added.
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