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Mom Hands Teen Son a Bill for How Much!?

In an effort to keep her 13-year-old son's attitude and cleaning habits in check, one mom decided to hand him a bill — for $717.

The mom, who is going by the name Estella Havisham on Facebook (Charles Dickens fan, anyone?), posted an open letter to her son "Aaron" on the social media site to show friends and family the steps she's taking after her child's change in attitude from dependent son to "roommate."

Now that her son is making money (via a YouTube channel, apparently), she writes that she feels he needs his own lesson in "independence."

That's where the bill comes in: $430 for rent; $116 for electricity; $21 for Internet and $150 for food.

But she didn't stop there. She also added in chores that he must complete, such as sweeping, vacuuming and emptying the trash. If he can't manage that, then she says he can expect a $30 maid fee.

While the mother claims to have posted the letter publicly by accident, Facebook users responded en masse, some cheering the mother on for teaching her son a lesson and others chiding her for being too harsh.

"I wish all parents were more like this mom. Bravo!" writes Julia Fekete Baker-Malcolm in the comments.

"I wonder what specifically he refused on," writes Mark Davenport in the comments. "Maybe if we had his side of the story we'd be less biased to just side with the mother off the bat."

A Facebook user by the name of Heidi Johnson (who may or may not be the actual mother) posted an explanation about the letter, defending her actions, writing, "I cannot send this child into college or the workforce with the attitude of 'I'll get to it when I get to it' when a superior tells him to get a job done. That is the real world."

She also reveals that she is a single mother and admits that she would not actually toss him out if he couldn't pay up.

"And people," she writes, "let's get serious! I am not going to put my 13-year-old on the street if he can't pay his half of the rent. I am not wanting him to pay anything. I want him to take pride in his home, his space, and appreciate the gifts and blessings we have."

What do you think?

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