“I want to teach my kids that money isn't everything.”
When Georgia mama Cierra Brittany Forney noticed that her 13-year-old son was acting entitled, she set out to teach him a lesson. She never expected she’d create an Internet sensation along the way.
It began when Forney posted a photo of her teenage son dragging clothes through a local Goodwill store on Facebook accompanied by a lengthy caption explaining the parenting decision behind the moment.
“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 making snarky comments about kids at school who shop at the goodwill and quite a few other things,” Forney wrote. “I don't tolerate that.”
So Forney took him to Goodwill and made him use his own $20 to spend on clothes to wear the entire week to school. “Whatever he found is what he would have to wear. 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 wrote.
He wasn’t happy, and even shed a few tears, but Forney didn’t back down. And with more than 260,000 shares and 700,000-plus likes, it’s clear that her fellow Facebook users agree with her tactics.
In a separate Facebook post on Tuesday, Forney said she couldn’t believe the response the photo received.
“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.”
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Most importantly, Forney says she accomplished her goal.
“All that matters is my son is completely 100 percent okay with what happened,” she concluded. “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!!!”