Turning 18 means you are now, officially, an adult. You can vote, buy lottery tickets, and get married.
And while being an adult and doing “whatever the hell you want,” sounds good, there are a lot of not-so-fun responsibilities that come with growing up, not the least of which is paying bills.
In an effort to teach her 18-year-old daughter a valuable lesson in adulthood, one mom decided to hit her right where it counts – the wallet.
Welcome to the real world kiddo, you’re an adult now.
The Oklahoma mom of 6, who goes by @c_d_g on TikTok, sparked a heated parenting debate when she shared that she is charging her daughter $100 a month in rent…to continue living at home.
She posted a video of her daughter, Jada, signing a one-year lease agreement.
Fittingly set to the tune, “It’s a Hard-Knock Life,” the 9-second “teaching moment” opens with a view of the lease agreement and the words, “When your 18 year old decides to stay at home,” emblazoned across the screen.
The two-page document outlines the terms for leasing the bedroom AND bathroom for a mere $100/month.
I mean, it’s a steal of a deal, no?
It states, in part, that payment is required on the first of each month and “shall be considered late by the 10th day”.
The video then pans to a view of Jada reading over the agreement, a slight smirk on her face.
It ends with Jada signing her name, and the words, “Setting up for success.”
Since posting it, the video has been viewed over 1.7M times and has over 144K likes and 5K comments.
And if the comments are any indication? It’s clear that not everyone is on board with the “room and board.”
The majority of commenters blasted the mom for her parenting tactics.
“one day she’s going to beat you with a hammer probably”
“i’m glad my parents love me lmao”
People were so against the idea that a number of them said that this would be grounds for never speaking to their parents again.
And there’s living proof:
Comment after comment said the same thing…
In fact, all of the negativity and hateful comments prompted the mother to record a follow-up video explaining her reasoning for charging rent.
She starts off by giving a little history, saying:
“I was a single mom at the age of 16 and living on my own and my parents did not set me up for success, so I had to fight for every single thing that I have. And I don’t want my children to have to do that. So everything that I do prepares them for the real world.”
She goes on to explain that where she lives, a renter history is required when you move out. Part of why she did a legal lease agreement with her daughter was to provide her with that history.
Additionally, she reiterates that the rent is only $100/month.
Which is significantly less than she would have to pay if she moved out.
Not to mention, it’s the only bill she pays.
“She doesn’t have a car payment. She doesn’t pay insurance or cell phone.
That pays for utilities, her room, her food, and everything else.”
Jada is one of 6 kids. She has 2 older brothers who own their own homes and are “living their best life.” She also has an almost 19-year-old sister who has “her own place, works, and goes to college.”
As for how the one person who really matters feels about being charged rent?
Jada did her own TikTok video to address just this.
Initially, she found it difficult to wrap her head around going from living rent-free to having to dole out dough for her childhood bedroom.
However, it didn’t take long for her to come around to her mom’s way of thinking.
“I came to realize that once I move out, that’s what I have to do. I can’t live in a house rent-free, nobody’s going to pay it for me.”
She’s not wrong.
At the end of the day, our job as parents is to raise self-sufficient, responsible adults.
This mom’s tactic may not be winning any popularity contests but that’s not to say it’s not an effective tool in giving her daughter a taste of living in the “real world.”
Personally, I applaud this mom. And, if she does as one commenter suggested, and puts the “rent” money aside for Jada to use on a down payment for her own place, this will just set her up for further success in the future.
What do you think? Would you charge your 18-year-old rent?
@c_d_g Rent a room?????#droppinbytoshowlove?? #daughter #mother #18 #leaseagreement #setupforsuccess #softplacetofall #saftynet #stayinhome #myhouse #myhousemyrules ? It’s The Hard Knock Life – Annie Movie