Overwhelmed mom posts letter to teenage boys asking for help. Every parent should read it.

"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.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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