Many of us heard the phrase “Money doesn’t grow on trees!” when we were kids — and some of us may have used it on our own children a few times too. After all, appreciating the value of hard-earned money is an important lesson that must be taught. If your own kids are struggling to understand it, you might want to take a few notes from Cierra Brittany Forney, a Georgia mom who gave her 13-year-old son a valuable lesson in humility after she caught him teasing his classmates for wearing clothes that were purchased at Goodwill.
In response to her son’s big-headedness, Forney marched his entitled tail to Goodwill and made him pay for a week’s worth of clothes with his very own money — $20 to be exact. There’s nothing like a bit of tough love to drive a point home, after all.
Forney took a photo of her son during his “shopping spree” and posted it to Facebook, and was soon bombarded with comments of praise and more than 500,000 “likes” from other parents online.
“Whatever he found is what he would have to wear,” Forney wrote in the now-viral Facebook post. “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!!”
Some parents even added their own teaching strategies in the comments.
“My son is 15 years old and my daughter is 12 years old. I purposely pay them once a month to teach them how to use, save, and use money responsibly. A lesson I had to learn later on in life,” one user commented. “That’s awesome! A great idea. I may be taking a few kids there, as well,” another added.
To be clear, Forney said her son wasn’t actively bullying anyone at school, but he was coming home and talking poorly about others in front of the family, which is what prompted Forney to put her foot down.
“I am his parent and it’s our job to teach these lessons to our children when they are at their most impressionable age,” Forney told First for Women. “If it helps one mom take what I did and implement it for the greater good with her own child, then I am happy. Us parents, we all have the same goal: To raise good people!”
Way to go, Forney. We think this idea is a great way to teach children the value of a dollar.