When have you EVER heard THAT come out of your child’s mouth? Believe it or not, a friend of mine posted a picture of some tattered gym shoes with the following: “So, parents … say you have a son who’s in 3rd grade who has a ton of shoes but has one pair that he absolutely loves. That pair is totally beat up. But he gets irrationally upset at the thought of not being able to wear them to school, to the point where he’s crying and throwing a fit. Do you let him wear them?” The answer? Yes and no. If you’re saying no because it “looks bad,” then yes—let him wear them. Now, if your son is just doing it to be disobedient and it’s a pattern of misbehavior, then no. See? Worn-out shoes can be lessons for kids AND adults.