A mother from Georgia, USA, determined to teach her 13-year-old son a lesson he would never forget after observing him making fun of his friends who shop at Goodwill secondhand stores and behaving like he is “too good to buy at Walmart.”
Cierra Brittany Forney explained how she educated her adolescent son about modesty and not judging others based on their appearances in a viral Facebook post.
According to Forney, her kid was making snide remarks about his Goodwill-shopping classmates and acting like a spoiled child.
“My 13-year-old son had been acting a little… entitled recently.” Acting as if he’s too good to shop at Wal-Mart or making snide remarks about kids at school who shop at Goodwill, among other things,” the mother posted on her Facebook page.
She went on to say, “I don’t allow that.”
She later made her kid use his own money to buy Goodwill clothes and wear them to school for a week in the hopes of teaching him the value of a hard-earned dollar and a positive attitude.
Forney also provided photographs of her adamant kid dragging clothes across the floor of a Goodwill store in her post.
“Today, he went to Goodwill with his own $20 to buy clothes to go to school for the entire week.” Forney explained, “Whatever he found, he’d have to wear.”
The mother of three admitted that she was aware that her kid first did not appreciate the life lesson she had given him.
Nonetheless, she realized it was the right thing to do in order to teach him humility.
“He isn’t happy and has shed a few tears,” she added, “but I am confident that in 15 years he will look back and chuckle at the day his Mom forced him to shop at Goodwill.”
Forney also stated that she occasionally shops at Goodwill and enjoys all of the great bargains she can find there.
Her Facebook post received over 600,000 likes in just two days, with the majority of the comments praising her efforts to teach her kid a valuable life lesson.
Some even mentioned that they prefer to shop at thrift stores for new clothes because they can get them for a good price.
Nonetheless, some questioned her parenting skills, claiming that her son would grow up to despise her. Forney, on the other hand, stated that all she wanted for her kid was for him to grow up to be a compassionate and considerate person.
In a subsequent post, Forney said, “I DO NOT CARE WHAT ANYONE HAS TO SAY ABOUT MY POST BECAUSE I SOLELY DID THIS TO HELP MY SON BECOME A BETTER MAN.”
What matters to her as a mother is that her son has learned a lesson from his recent behavior.
“This has taught my son a good lesson, and he is proudly wearing the button-up shirt he got from Goodwill today!!!”