A Georgia mother was praised for making her 13-year-old son shop at Goodwill.
Cierra Brittany Forney said in a Facebook post that her son was acting a “little entitled” recently.
“Acting like he’s too good to shop at Wal-Mart or making snarky comments about kids at school who shop at the Goodwill and quite a few other things,” she said.
The High Mountain mother decided it was time for a lesson.
She took her son to Goodwill and told him he had to use his own $20 to buy clothes to wear to school for the entire week.
She later talked to her son and he agreed she could share about the lesson on Facebook.
She said the situation was not a punishment but a learning opportunity to help her son “become a better man.”
“My son learned a valuable lesson from this and I believe it is just another story we can add to our lives memory to look back on. I didn’t do this to punish him. It wasn’t to show him that goodwill isn’t a good place to shop. I did this to teach him that money and name brands don’t change who we are as people. He can still be the amazing, adorable, loved kid that he is WITHOUT the expensive stores!” she wrote in another post.
“I do realize that we are partly to blame for his expectancy of always having name brands. My husband and myself had our son when we were VERY young. We always strived to give him all the things we never had and because of that, he has grown to expect these things.”
Forney said she personally enjoys shopping at Goodwill and that people who have been responding negatively to the post by saying things like her son will hate her or later kill her were “just awful.”
“My son and I have an amazing relationship. He tells me everything and trusts me whole heartedly. I DO NOT care what anyone has to say about my post because I SOLEY did this to help my son become a better man. All the positive feedback and comments have brought me to tears and so have all the negative ones,” she wrote.
“All that matters is my son is completely 100 percent okay with what happened. My son has learned a valuable lesson from this AND my son is rockin’ his button-up shirt he bought from the Goodwill with PRIDE today!!!”