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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