Cierra Forney is a hardworking mom from Braselton, Georgia. Lately, she says her teenage son has been acting out, like many adolescents tend to do. More specifically, she’s become frustrated and fed-up with his “snarky comments” about his classmates who buy their clothes at stores like Wal-Mart or Goodwill.
The last thing Cierra wants is for her kids to feel entitled, especially when so many children come from loving families who simply cannot afford expensive clothes. So, Cierra decided to show her son a little tough love by coming up with a creative yet powerful form of punishment – and it took place at their local Goodwill.
Cierra explained what happened in a Facebook post, along with a photo of her idea in action. It quickly went viral.
“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. I don’t tolerate that.”
That’s where Cierra’s clever form of punishment came into play.
“Today, he took his own 20.00 to the Goodwill to buy clothes to wear the entire week to school. Whatever he found is what he would have to wear.”
Though Cierra’s son was obviously upset (and perhaps a bit embarrassed by his mom’s teachings) while walking through the store, she is confident in her unconventional approach towards punishment.
“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.”
With horrible stories and statistics of bullying at an all-time, it’s so incredible to see a parent take a stand like this and teach their children to do and be better using effective life lessons. Cierra ended her Facebook post with a powerful statement on parenting and discrimination.
“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. Side note, I love the Goodwill!!”
The brilliant mom’s post has been shared by nearly 200,000 readers around the world, and countless readers are commending Cierra for her amazing parenting techniques. Do you think we need more moms like Cierra?