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Mom Gets Son Licensed to Goodwill and Teaches Valuable Lesson

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We are all more than the clothes we wear. It’s worth whether we have the privilege of shopping at a designer store or getting our yarns from a thrift store. Well, one mother wanted to make sure her son never forgot this when she taught him a lesson that went viral.

Why an “Eligible” Son Was Taken to the Goodwill Store

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In 2018, Georgian mother Cierra Brittany Forney realized her pre-teen son had played the lead role. So she decided to do something about it. In a post on Facebook (which is no longer available), she revealed that she was not going to tolerate this behavior from her 12-year-old daughter.

“Acting like he’s too good to shop at Walmart or making sarcastic comments about kids at school shopping at Goodwill and a lot of other things,” Forney said, according to a FoxNews exit.

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So she decided to give her son twenty dollars from her savings and head to the local Goodwill store. Then he had to buy his own clothes to wear to school that week.

“Everything he found is what he should wear,” she explained. “He [wasn’t] happy and shed a few tears but I firmly believe that in 15 years he will look back and laugh at the day his mother made him shop at Goodwill… If you have to degrade others because of where they shop, then you too will shop there,” she added.

How one mother showed that money isn’t everything

After sharing the photo of her shopping with her son, it went viral and the post was shared over 200,000 times. Forney told the Fox outlet that she never imagined so many people would see her parenting lesson, but since then she has bonded with other mothers who also want to raise good kids.

“I was angry because I didn’t want to shop there at first. I thought I was going to look a little crunchy or something,” Forney’s son, Anthony, told the outlet. “I didn’t want to be there, but it really changed me. I realize I was just a brat, and you should just be grateful for what you already have.

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Forney added that she had nothing against Goodwill and that wearing clothes from there was not a punishment. Instead, his lesson went much deeper than that.

“I didn’t do this to punish him. It wasn’t to show him that Goodwill isn’t a good place to shop,” she explained. “I did this to teach him that money and brands don’t change who we are as people. He can still be the amazing, lovable, loved child that he is without the expensive stores! She has keep on going.

“My son learned a valuable lesson from this, and my son proudly wears his button down shirt he bought at Goodwill.”

How one mom’s precious lesson touched thousands

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Forney’s lesson on parenting is a great example for any parents who worry about their children becoming potentially eligible or spoiled. As parents, we always want to give our children the best and can quickly bring new things to them without stopping and acknowledging that not everyone has as much as we do.

This is where family charity work, volunteering with others less fortunate, or even the ability to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes is always invaluable.

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But this story also reminds us to always try not to judge someone on their looks because you never know what a person is going through.

Instead, focus on core traits like kindness, bravery, friendship, and general decency. By paying less attention to superficial things and more attention to the qualities that make a person unique, we can all lead by example.


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