Knowing that things shouldn’t be taken for granted, a mom decided it was time to teach her young son to be grateful for what he has, as he was demonstrating some poor form in this regard by looking down on others who’re financially less well off. She admits that when she was done imparting this valuable life lesson, she “shed a few tears.”
Cierra Forney, of Georgia, had recently noticed that her 13-year-old son was “acting a little entitled” and making fun of his classmates.
“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 on her Facebook page.
“I don’t tolerate that,” Forney wrote.
She thought of a way to teach him a lesson that he would remember for a long time.
“Today, he took his own 20.00 to the goodwill to buy clothes to wear the entire week to school,” Forney explained. “Whatever he found is what he would have to wear.”
Forney, who has two younger children, said that her son was unhappy with her idea, but she was sure his thoughts would change in the future.
“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.
Forney told Style that if she didn’t stop his behavior now when he is 13, “imagine the things he would be saying or doing at 16,” she said.
“I sat with him and tried to explain that I wasn’t punishing him, but that he can get nice clothes from anywhere,” she said.
Forney said that her son’s comments on others were only part of her reason for punishing him.
“It really all started because my husband drives an older car to work,” she said. “It’s a 20-year-old Honda and he wanted (my son) Anthony to go with him somewhere. And Anthony didn’t want to be seen driving around in the car. That was sort of the last straw.”
“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.
Forney thinks that her son has gotten the message, albeit reluctantly at first.
“He’s getting what I’m saying,” she said. “He’s been a good sport.”
Way to go, mom! He’ll thank you one day.
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