"You may not realize that you live with other people."

Almost any parent knows the challenges of trying to motivate teenager to pitch in with daily chores. It can be a thankless and seemingly endless challenge.

In this case, one overwhelmed mom is fighting the tide of dirty laundry, overflowing garbage gans and a pair of kids seemingly taken hostage by their Xbox.


One person decided to share their friend’s frustrated letter to her teenage boys and it’s message is definitely resonating across social media.

“Dear non-rent paying residents,” the letter begins bluntly. And it doesn’t let up from there.

She’s ready to pull the plug.

Over the course of her letter, this frustrated mom lists a series of grievance and makes one thing abundantly clear: “this stops now.”

After venting, the unnamed parents makes it clear that in her house chores must be done before video gaming begins, lest, “My wrath will rain down on all of your electronic usage.”

But will it work?

This letter is one almost every parent can relate to and it’s required reading for all teens.

Before we blame everything on video games, it’s important to remember that teenagers have been flustering their overwhelmed parents since the dawn of time. And there’s growing evidence video games aren’t the convenient villain some people want to make them out ot be. In fact, there can be a serious upside for working them into your child’s development.

But they can also be a powerful motivator. And if this letter is any indication, the threat of taking away your lazy teenager’s Xbox may be a way to turn the game of chess parenting sometimes becomes into a game of checkers.

This article originally appeared on November 11, 2015


Remember those beloved Richard Scarry books from when you were a kid?

Like a lot of people, I grew up reading them. And now, I read them to my kids.

The best!

If that doesn't ring a bell, perhaps this character from the "Busytown" series will. Classic!

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Scarry was an incredibly prolific children's author and illustrator. He created over 250 books during his career. His books were loved across the world — over 100 million were sold in many languages.

But here's something you may not have known about these classics: They've been slowly changing over the years.

Don't panic! They've been changing in a good way.

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The Sam Vimes "Boots" Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness explains one way the rich get richer.

Any time conversations about wealth and poverty come up, people inevitably start talking about boots.

The standard phrase that comes up is "pull yourself up by your bootstraps," which is usually shorthand for "work harder and don't ask for or expect help." (The fact that the phrase was originally used sarcastically because pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps is literally, physically impossible is rarely acknowledged, but c'est la vie.) The idea that people who build wealth do so because they individually work harder than poor people is baked into the American consciousness and wrapped up in the ideal of the American dream.

A different take on boots and building wealth, however, paints a more accurate picture of what it takes to get out of poverty.

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"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) and actor Peter Dinklage.

On Tuesday, Upworthy reported that actor Peter Dinklage was unhappy with Disney’s decision to move forward with a live-action version of “Snow White and the Seven Drawfs” starring Rachel Zegler.

Dinklage praised Disney’s inclusive casting of the “West Side Story” actress, whose mother is of Colombian descent, but pointed out that, at the same time, the company was making a film that promotes damaging stereotypes about people with dwarfism.

"There's a lot of hypocrisy going on, I've gotta say, from being somebody who's a little bit unique," Dinklage told Marc Maron on his “WTF” podcast.

"Well, you know, it's really progressive to cast a—literally no offense to anybody, but I was a little taken aback by, they were very proud to cast a Latino actress as Snow White," Dinklage said, "but you're still telling the story of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.' Take a step back and look at what you're doing there.”

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