John Palmer, a 7-year-old from Michigan, learned very quickly that he’s not quite ready to be an adult yet when he and his mom switched placed.

Heather McLeod of Saginaw told TheBlaze her family recently moved from a city to a more rural town. Although her son loves helping her feed the chickens after school, he wasn’t too keen on picking up some of his toys on Wednesday.

“He did one other thing (a chore), and then I asked him to put away some of his Play-Doh toys, which had been out for about three days,” McLeod said. “It was like the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

Palmer told his mother he thought being a kid was tough.

“He said ‘I can’t wait to be an adult so I can make all the rules and do what I want,” McLeod recalled.

At this point, she remembered something her ex-boyfriend had told her he had done with his child — switch roles.

Palmer jumped on the chance to play the role of mom. But McLeod first told him he had to fold the laundry, because that’s what mommy had been doing when this agreement was struck.

McLeod on the other hand got to settle in front of a Nintendo DS game.

Palmer called his mother “John” and McLeod called her son “Mom.”

“We asked him, ‘how are you going to drive us (to church), Mom,’” McLeod said, of the family joking with the boy.

Not long afterward, McLeod was presented with a note. It was Palmer waving his white flag, purple in this case though.

john palmer note to mother

A 7-year-old boy’s note to his mother after they switched roles for only a half a load of laundry’s worth of time. (Photo: Healther McLeod)

It was a note that read:

From John
You were right mom
being a adult is hard
I would like to take my place back as a kid
XOXO

“He always says ‘XOXO, Mom,’” so the fact that he put it in the end of the note cracks me up,” she said.

Given that the role reversal only happened Wednesday, McLeod hasn’t had a chance to see if this lesson helped change her son’s behavior, but she did say he offered something he hadn’t before.

“He promised to make me breakfast in bed next weekend,” McLeod said. “He said, ‘What kind of cereal would you like mom?’”

“The lessons that you try to teach sometimes backfire, this one worked perfect,” McLeod said.

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