It's easy to criticize our parents for their shortcomings, and lord knows I can harp about a lot of things that my folks didn't get right, but I am thankful about one thing: knowing the value of a dollar.
I'm undeterred by sales and try not to spend money on useless stuff. I would rather blow my cash on experiences rather than things that are more than likely going to collect dust after a while. Me, along with my siblings, distrust the bloated prices of "designer" labels and falling for getting into a fad or name-brand clothing simply because we want to flex. I have my parents to thank for training that instinct in me from a very young age.
I'm not saying that there is something wrong with the finer things in life or being a snob, per se, just as long as you earn that snobbery and don't lord it over other people. A lesson that this mother wanted to teacher her son the hard way.
Turns out this kid thought he was better than some of the other children at school, something that Cierra Brittany Forney discovered when she heard he was making "entitled" comments about not shopping at Walmart or Goodwill.
So, to teach him a lesson, she made him take his own $20 to spend on a Goodwill wardrobe that he selected, and forced him to wear those clothes for a whole week.
He protested and cried, but at the end of the day he eventually relented and took his punishment on the chin.
Before posting the photo, she asked if it was OK for him to share it and she stressed that it wasn't a punishment, more of a learning opportunity for her 13-year-old to appreciate what others have.
But more importantly, that degrading others to make yourself feel superior is bad behavior.
"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."
Cierra received some mixed reactions to her post which was shared over 220,000 times and counting. The internet being what it is, you can imagine that she received her fair share of negative comments, many of them being about her implication that Goodwill stores are somewhat "low class," which she stresses wasn't her intention at all.
I LOVE THE Goodwill. I got my first pair of amazing sunglasses there for 50 cents!! All the public shaming and saying my son will grow to hate me, sue me and later kill me are just awful. My son and I have an amazing relationship. He tells me everything and trusts me whole heartedly. I DO NOT care what anyone has to say about my post because I SOLEY did this to help my son become a better man. All the positive feedback and comments have brought me to tears and so have all the negative ones. All that matters is my son is completely 100 percent okay with what happened. 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!!!
She also doubled down on her decision to punish him this way and is confident he learned his lesson, a sentiment tons of people are echoing on Facebook.
People were giving her props for taking an active role in her child's development and taking a hard stance that will hopefully teach him a long-lasting lesson.
While others pointed out that Goodwill stores have some of the best finds in them.
There are tons of instances of parents going to "extreme" lengths to teach their kids valuable life lessons that they'll never forget. Some are a little more far-fetched than others.
What do you think?