Goodwill hunting: Inspired by Vanessa Hudgens

By Guest Blogger Megan from Two Birds
My husband and I are constantly trying to come up with new and effective ways to teach our kids lessons. They are pretty great kids, but … they are kids, so they aren’t always perfect (I know, shocking). Our son, Henry, is nine years old, and he is starting to get a little sassy. I tell myself all the time that it is just him trying to exert a little independence, but that doesn’t always make it easier on me.

The other day, he was smarting off to me, and in the heat of the moment, I told him that his punishment was that he would have to pick a celebrity inspiration outfit and come to Goodwill with me to find all the elements to recreate it. Shopping might be his least favorite activity, so I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with the idea.

But, to my surprise, and quite possibly his too, he threw himself into the task full force – and had a great time doing it. He scoured the internet for pictures of celebrities (I will admit that I had veto power. After all, I didn’t really want to wear Katy Perry’s cupcake outfit.) and when it came time to shop at Goodwill, he took the task very seriously.

He picked out a number of pieces, and he even gave me a thumbs up or down for each piece that I tried. He hunted the purse racks, and even had a good time searching for shoes. In the end, I was very happy with his choices, and his “punishment” turned into a great mother-son bonding day. Plus, I got a great outfit out of the deal … every single piece from Goodwill.