Nicole Poppic, 34, from California, US, decided to explain the honest truth as to why her 14-year-old daughter, Cara, was late for school.
And just in case that didn’t embarrass her daughter enough, she decided to post it on Facebook, too.
“This is what happens when you are tardy as a result of your own poor choices and you ask me for a note to excuse your tardiness,” Poppic wrote in the caption.
The note began: “Cara is tardy this morning as a result of a condition known as teenage-ism.”
“Adolescents across our great nation are afflicted and there is no known cure,” the note continued.
“Symptoms are multitudinous, but this particular morning she suffered from an inability to remove herself from her bed, and also felt the need to talk back to her birth-giver.”
Poppic added that her daughter seemed “to be recovering her senses” after she saw her phone fly out the car window.
“Please call me if there is another flare-up,” she finished the note.
Nicole Poppic and her daughter Cara
The late note ended up being shared more than 30,000 times on Facebook in three weeks, much to Poppic’s amusement.
Recalling what happened, Poppic told Today Parents that Cara had got up late for school, which made her brother and sister late, too.
When Poppic was lecturing her daughter about the ordeal in the car, the 14-year-old put her headphones on and started staring out the window. So the mum grabbed her phone and threw it out of the car (as you do).
“Parenting a teen is both challenging and rewarding,” she said.
“Watching Cara grow and change brings great joy to my life, but with that growth, there have been growing pains.”