A Dad Wears Very Short Shorts to Teach His Daughter a Lesson
We've all been embarrassed by our parents. When I was a kid, my dad had such a huge head of curly frizzy hair (think Art Garfunkel in his earlier years) that I dreaded when he walked me into school. Well, now I'm just grateful my father wasn't wearing short shorts.
A Utah father of seven, Scott Mackintosh, donned a very short pair of shorts after his daughter refused to wear longer shorts on a family outing.
"I’m a firm believer that the way we dress sends messages about us, and it influences the way we and others act.... My teenage daughter day after day continues to wear clothing that I, as her father, feel is inappropriate and immodest," he wrote on his wife's blog.
So he turned a pair of jeans into cut-offs to make his point. And paired them with a t-shirt that read, "Best. Dad. Ever."
In my opinion, Best. Outfit. Ever. (How many guys are going to be wearing this one for Halloween? Hell, I might wear it.)
And Mackintosh really made his point. He went out to dinner like this with his family. Then miniature golfing. And then out for milkshakes. By the milkshake run, his daughter camped out in the car to avoid further embarrassment.
But his daughter (who looks very Miley Cyrus-esque) seemed to take the whole thing in stride. She posted a photo of her dad to Tumblr with the caption, "My mom told me to change my 'slutty' shorts before we went to dinner. I said no. So my dad cut his jeans to fit in."
I really think this is creative parenting. And sometimes, you have to get creative to get the attention of your kids! This is not public shaming. His outfit didn't refer to her at all. This is simply a guy who really loves his teenager and tried a different way to reach her.
"I simply did this in hopes that my daughter would know of my great love for her and that she knows of her great worth," he said to a local newspaper. "Now that it has gone viral, I hope that young women everywhere understand their great worth. I will look like an idiot any day if that point gets across."
So did his idea work? Mackintosh says his daughter has been dressing a little better.
You just know this guy is going to end up writing a parenting book. And I'd probably buy it.