A Georgia mother who wanted to teach her son to “become a better man” gave the teen a life lesson in humility.
Cierra Brittany Forney’s 13-year-old son “had been acting a little entitled,” according to a Facebook post where she shared that he’s “acting like he’s too good to shop at Wal-Mart or making snarky comments about kids at school who shop at the Goodwill.”
She devised a plan to impart some humility, gratitude and a life lesson to the boy, one that he would thank her for when he grew up.
She took him shopping for a week’s worth of clothing at a thrift store in Hog Mountain, Georgia. And as a bonus, the clothes he chose needed to be purchased with his own $20.
“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 wrote. “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.”
She clarified in a separate post that the Goodwill shopping was not meant as a punishment but “to teach him that money and name brands don’t change who we are as people.”
“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,” Forney wrote.
“That was some truly inspired parenting! Good for you!” one Facebook user said in the comments while another cheered, “Great job, mom.”
“For a child acting entitled and criticizing others for shopping there, this is the perfect way of humbling him,” another Facebook comment stated.
Forney’s original post – which she cleared by her son before posting – received more than 550, 000 likes and 275,000 shares.
“I SOLELY did this to help my son become a better man,” she wrote. “All that matters is my son is completely 100 percent okay with what happened … and my son is rockin’ his button up shirt he bought from the Goodwill with PRIDE today!”