A Georgia mother who didn’t take kindly to the attitude her teenage son was developing found a genius way to teach him a lesson.
Cierra Forney wrote on Facebook over the weekend that “lately” her son has been acting a little “entitled.”
He has been “acting like he’s too good to shop at Walmart or making snarky comments about kids at school who shop at the goodwill and quite a few other things,” Forney said.
“I don’t tolerate that,” the mother wrote.
Forney gave her son a mission: He was required to take his own $20 to Goodwill and buy clothes to wear for the entire week of school.
“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 said.
So lately, my 13 year old son had been acting a little… entitled. Acting like he's too good to shop at Wal-Mart or…
Forney wrote that she wants to teach her kids “that money isn’t everything” and to not degrade people because of where they shop.
Her message must have struck a cord. In less than three days, Forney’s viral post had garnered nearly 700,000 reactions, more than 250,000 shares and over 160,000 comments.
In a follow-up post, Forney said that her son learned a “valuable lesson” and even rocked a button-up shirt he found there.
“I didn’t do this to punish him,” she wrote. “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!”
Forney also admitted she and her husband are “partly to blame” for her son’s “expectancy of always having name brands.”
“My husband and myself had our son when we were VERY young,” she wrote. “We always strived to give him all the things we never had and because of that, he has grown to expect these things.”
Forney also disclosed that she “loves” Goodwill and got her first pair of “amazing sunglasses” there for just 50 cents.