Recently, US woman Cierra Forney made a disturbing realisation about her 13-year-old son.
He had began acting a little “entitled” and was making “snarky” comments about other students at his school who couldn’t afford to buy brand-name clothes and had to buy their outfits from Wal-Mart or op-shops.
Not wanting to tolerate her son’s behaviour, Cierra decided to teach him a valuable lesson… and she shared the whole thing on Facebook.
“Today, he took his own $20 to the Goodwill (a second-hand store) to buy clothes to wear the entire week to school,” Cierra shared, in a post that has since been shared over 226,000 times.
“Whatever he found is what he would have to wear. 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.”
Cierra said she wanted to teach her kids that “money isn’t everything”.
“If you have to degrade other people because of where they shop, then you too will shop there,” she shared.
Other parents were quick to praise the lesson, telling Cierra she deserved a “mum of the year” award for her smart approach to the problem.
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“Thank you for setting a great example for other parents on respect, humility, compassion, and financial responsibility,” one mum wrote.
Another shared: “Good for you…It seems that your son is a very sweet boy who just lost sight of a few things for a minute.”
But some were critical of Cierra’s approach, commenting that her 13-year-old son’s ‘entitled’ attitude must have been learned from the example set by his parents, a sentiment that prompted Cierra to write a response.