Nowadays, punishing kids means that you do not listen to them as their parent. When we say punishment, many would think that you hit your children whatsoever. But Cierra Forney, one hard-working mom from Braselton, Georgia, showed everyone that not all punishments are physically painful. Apparently, Cierra was fed up hearing negative comments from her teenage son towards those of his classmates who buy clothes at stores like Wal-Mart or Goodwill.
Yes, he was young, but Cierra knew that she needed to do something to stop him from doing so. Surely, Cierra would not love hearing negative comments about how his son dresses up. And that hearing her son talk about other people’s clothes so bluntly and insensitive, as a mother, she sure would not tolerate it. But instead of hitting his son or scolding him until he apologizes, she came up with the idea that no other parent would have thought of. She decided to take her son at a local Goodwill. And the punishment started there…
Cierra later explained what happened in her Facebook post, saying:
“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.”
“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.”
For sure, he had few realizations after that. And that was the very thing that Cierra wanted to make him feel. The poor son was upset with her form of punishment, but his clever mom was positive that he will go through it, and make use of the experience 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.”
Her post has garnered lots of attention, and many moms commended her for teaching her child the right thing.
“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!!”