A dad has divided the internet after he shared his list of rules for his son to follow.
The man took to Reddit to explain that his 23-year-old son Chris had recently moved back home after graduating from university as he could no longer afford his rent, according to The Mirror.
He wrote: "He said it was temporary but he's been here for 4 months and that's not what bothers me but the fact that he adds to our expenses and hasn't started working and doesn't help in any capacity.
"In other words, he's become a burden."
The parent said he'd had enough of his son "mooching around" and suggested to his wife that they give him a gentle nudge to help him get back on his feet.
"She gasped saying how dare I imply we kick him out but that wasn't what I suggested," he added.
The man said he sat down with Chris and gave him a timeline for when he's to either start working and help around the house or move out. Until then, he would have to follow a list of rules.
"A. No counting on us to do basic tasks and start doing his own laundry and wash his own dishes.
"B. No complaining about what's for lunch/dinner and accept and be grateful for the food he eats.
"C. No wifi more than 6hrs a day just like his younger sister.
"D. No luxuries like Netflix subscriptions and YouTube live streams unless he somehow pays for it himself."
Chris wasn't happy about the rules and insisted he wasn't a child and that he shouldn't be treated like one.
"He blew up complaining about how ridiculous and unfair my rules were and reminded me he's not a child anymore but I told him a child or not, as long as he lives under my roof then he's expected to follow the owner's rules," the dad wrote.
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Chris called for back-up from his mum, according to the dad, as his post continued: "He got frustrated and yelled 'mum' to come to his rescue. He got her involved and asked her to talk some sense into me.
"My wife argued with me and I asked her if she was okay with Chris recklessly increasing our bills and spending so much of our money on lavish stuff while doing nothing in return.
"She blew up telling me to get rid of these unreasonable rules and that I should be ashamed of myself for treating my own son as an unwanted guest.
"I refused and told her she was enabling his unacceptable behaviour and that Chris still has a chance to turn his situation around if he doesn't like it. Plus what does this teach our daughter? That it's okay to be a lazy and irresponsible adult.
"She said Chris came home with a degree so damn right he's responsible but is struggling and I was making it worse for him. She finished by saying I shouldn't be surprised if he no longer speaks to me after he moves out eventually."
He concluded by asking people if he'd gone "too far" and fellow Reddit users were divided.
One person wrote: "'IM NOT A CHILD' then proceeds to go 'MOOMMMYYY, DADDY TOOK AWAY NETFLIIIIXXX.'"
Another added: "My mum would slap me back into the womb if I acted like this. Yeah, the market is pretty tough/crazy right now but that doesn’t mean he can’t get off of his a** and help around the house.
"I have to live with my parents momentarily and I’m cleaning after dinner, grateful for all of the free food that I don’t have to buy, and cleaning up around the house since I’m not paying a damn thing."
A third told him: "You're not making unreasonable demands. You're asking your adult child to contribute to the household. And in lieu of that, you're setting the reasonable grounds that beggars can't be choosers."
Despite this, another argued: "I find the 'wifi only for 6 hours' a bit ridiculous. What if he finds a job and can work from home?"
Another added: "I think limiting wifi use is a bit eeeh, since it's one of those things that's more or less required for everything these days, from job hunting, education, and actual work itself. But if he's using it in a way that hampers everyone else, restrictions and rules make sense."
A third said: "You went overboard with these rules (no more than 6 hours a day wifi is just plain silly). You also implemented these rules without your wife being on board and knowing she specifically wasn't on board. Your wife is enabling him."
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