Rude Son Acts Like He's Better Than Poor Students, Fed up Mom Comes up With Clever Punishment


Parents around the country are applauding a mother from Georgia for her clever teenage parenting tactics.

After imposing an unusual consequence to combat her son’s recent attitude, the mother hopes her son has gained a little insight into the world around him.

Cierra Forney has a crucial, important job with lifelong implications: parenting her 13-year-old son. From her recent social media post, Forney understands her power as a mother to mold her son into a respectful, responsible man.

Forney explained that her 13-year-old had been acting “entitled” as of late. She explained he was “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,” Forney explained.

So Forney came up with a little life lesson for her son. She drove him to the local Goodwill with $20 dollars of his own money in hand.

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His task was to pick out a week’s worth of clothing to wear to school. “Whatever he found is what he would have to wear,” Forney explained.

From the looks of her sullen teenager dragging a few clothing items down the aisle, he was feeling all kinds of emotions about shopping at Goodwill. Forney knows her son hated shopping there, but she cares more about his character than his comfort.

“He isn’t happy and shed a few tears,” Forney wrote. “But I firmly believe in 15 years he will look back and laugh at the day his Mom made him shop at goodwill.”

Forney hopes the Goodwill experience helped her son understand that money and image aren’t everything.

Judging others by how they look, which is nearly impossible for teenagers to avoid, is not okay in the Forney household.

“[If] you have to degrade other people because of where they shop, then you too will shop there,” Forney stated. She added that personally, she loves the Goodwill company.

Recognizing her parental decision may be controversial, Forney asked critics to keep their rude comments to themselves. “I’m trying to raise good, respectful humans,” she concluded.

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Many have shared Forney’s post on social media, wildly supporting her decision. “You cannot put a price tag on integrity and respect. Good job Mom,” one viewer wrote.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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