Mom Makes Son Shop At Goodwill After He Made Snide Comments About Other People's Clothes

Mom Makes Son Shop At Goodwill After He Made Snide Comments About Other People's Clothes

When this mother found her teenage son acting entitled and developing a bit of an attitude, she had the perfect way to bring him down a peg or two.

There's no real way to parent correctly — all you can hope for is to teach your kids good lessons about life and compassion and respect, in the hopes that they grow up to be good people as adults. One mom noticed that her 13-year-old son was getting a bit of an attitude, and decided to nip it in the bud. In a Facebook post, Cierra Brittany Forney explained that her teenage son had begun to act entitled. 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 wrote, adding, I don't tolerate that.


Pointing out that she loved Goodwill, Forney decided to teach her son a lesson in respect. Today, he took his own $20 to the goodwill to buy clothes to wear the entire week to school, she wrote. Whatever he found is what he would have to wear. Peer pressure, especially in young teenagers, can often make kids feel like they aren't good enough just because they're not wearing the "right" kind of shoes or clothes. There's no reason to propagate the problem further by ridiculing kids who for whatever reason, don't or can't keep up with the latest trends. I want to teach my kids that money isn't everything and if you have to degrade other people because of where they shop, then you too will shop there, wrote the mother.  

Forney added that her son wasn't too happy about the exercise, but she didn't care one bit. He isn't happy and shed a few tears but I firmly believe in 15 years he will look back and laugh at the day his Mom made him shop at goodwill, she added. 

The mother's post was applauded by many, with other mothers commenting to say that she'd done a great job teaching her son respect and humility. "Good! That's what you call been a parent, I have a lot of respect for the mother," one person commented, adding, "And besides, you can find a lot of great things at the 2nd hand stores, I am a suit and tie wearing kind of guy, and I have got into buying a lot of 70's style ties that look great with my suit, but what I normally do is I take them to the cleaners and get them cleaned up, and they come out looking brand new, but money, electronics, and material things that kids want isn't everything." Another wrote, "That's a great lesson girl. Keep up the great job with your kids. It's never nice to pick on others when your not in their situation." Another commenter who tried the same tactic added, "I did this to my then 11-year-old for the same reason, he wore sweats and non-name brand shoes for 2 weeks and apologized to his classmates. This is parenting and life lessons! Money and clothes are not what he needs to worry about, kindness and love are."

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