Skip to comments.Utah Dad Wears Short Shorts To Teach Daughter About Modesty
Posted on 09/13/2013 12:56:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A Utah dad made a "small" change to teach his daughter a big lesson about modesty.
Fed up with his daughter's love for short denim shorts, Scott Mackintosh, a father of seven from Salt Lake City, left the house for a family outing in a pair of very short shorts after the teenager refused to change into something more modest.
"I heard my wife ask our daughter if she would please change into some longer shorts before leaving. She said 'NO!'" MacKintosh wrote on his wife's blog. "Instead of turning her response and disrespectful attitude into a major battle, I decided to make a 'small' statement on how her short-shorts maybe arent as 'cute' as she thinks!"
MacKintosh took a pair of old jeans and cut them so short that the whites of the pockets were hanging out. At first, his daughter did not notice his new look. When she did, she played it off like she didn't care, he said.
The father talked to NBC's Mike Taibbi about his agenda behind the shorn jeans.
"I was absolutely going for shock value and a little bit of embarassment," he said in a segment that appeared on the Today show.
The embarrassment finally sank in when the family stopped for milkshakes and she refused to leave the car.
"We went in, but she stayed in the car. She had had enough and did not want to go through any further embarrassment," he wrote.
MacKintosh's wife and other kids, however, were not daunted by his fashion statement. Photos that they snapped went viral after they posted it online, prompting MacKintosh to write about the full story on his wife's blog.
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I became a junkie to teach my daughter not to take drugs.
I guess the shorts these parents disapprove of just somehow magically appear in the girl’s closet.
Good on Scott Mackintosh.
I was wondering why they let her buy them. But maybe, like the father, she altered a pair of jeans.
My 10-12 y.o. daughter used to come to the dinner table in a top and panties.
My wife and I bitched at her about it, sent her to put on clothes. And the next night same thing.
I made an agreement with my wife and daughter’s older brothers.
Next time she came to the table in her panties. The rest of us got up went in the bedrooms and stripped down to our underwear. Walked back out and sat at the table.
Daughter took one look went and got dressed and never came to the table in her panties again.
My friend told me when he was a teenage his sister would walk around the house topless. Once, he was working in the garage with a buddy. He had just been in the house, and his sister was up to it again. The buddy asked if he could go in to use the bathroom, and my friend was about to say something, but then he said, “sure.” He waited a few seconds, her his sister scream, then she never did that again.
By fifteen I was supplementing wardrobe with babysitting money and a sewing machine. My mom bought me the basics, but I supplemented with stuff from the second hand stores and a few warehouse type places. I came up with all sorts of stuff my parents didn’t care for. For two years, I ran around in men’s boxer shorts all summer long.
Her ass would have been beat so bad that she couldn't sit. This says more about you and your wife than your daughter.
It beat having my ass thrown in jail for child abuse.
Neither of my kids ever said No to me when I corrected them. They knew better.
But you have to start when they are young.
A night without dinner wasn't the worst thing that ever happened to a teenager but it's darned near it!
I think the solution he came up with was perfect for a teenager. Embarrassment is a huge motivator with teens. She will NEVER forget that lesson.
Children are different these days.
He should have doubled down with black socks.
One of the most disgusting meal time displays is a man in a “wife beater” undershirt - just plain gross.
I remember when my older sister came to the breakfast table wearing a micro mini. She was a sophomore in highschool. It was one of those dresses that came with the panties that matched. Anyway my dad looked at her and told her to “bend over.” She say.why? He said well if you are going to show it to everybody else you might as well show me first. She turned beet red and promptly went back upstairs and changed into something more appropriate.
By the way my dad would have never let her go to school dressed like that. I will never forget that.
I would agree with you if this father had not allowed the girl to own such apparel to begin with, much less wear it in public. I suspect, though, that he and his daughter are just trying to get their 15 minutes of fame.
Big difference in a girl running around in men’s boxer shorts as opposed to wearing Daisy Dukes. I doubt the boys were having evil thoughts because of your boxers.
You sound like a miserable person to be around.
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Excellent man. Point WELL made.
Yes, that is short, but it isn’t immodest if one considers what is worn on a beach. This father has my sympathy, given what is deemed appropriate in our society today.
That story made me laugh!
As a middle school principal, we’ll see some pretty interesting clothing come through the school. However, shorts, and skirts MUST be at least fingertip length or the student has to call for appropriate clothing. No bare bellies, tank tops or any other sort of skimpy clothing is allowed either.
As a parent of two high school daughters, I can tell you we don’t buy this type of clothing for them, but kids will buy some of their own or borrow from friends. Mine don’t even think of wearing it to school though since I’m in the same building. (Grade 6-12 building)
I know with our girls...we've bought shorts that are only to be worn at the beach or pool (over their swimming suits). If they wanted to wear them elsewhere, the answer would be "no". Maybe that's what happened here.
What happened to parents of today...?
"I heard my wife ask our daughter if she would please change into some longer shorts before leaving. She said 'NO!'"
My children (six) of them would have NEVER told me NO....That simply was not going to happen with out serious consequences... if they did it only happened once...
Dad is a freaking wuss...little miss princess would be left home without use of her phone, Ipad, computer...to starve...and sulk....she also would have been grounded for at at least a couple of days...grounded meaning "in your room" denuded of anything tech...until you figure out how to get rid of that crappy attitude...
My friends do not think so, my kids love me.
My parents taught me not to sass them and I taught mine not to sass me.
Of course today that is no longer taught.
Respect is something missing today. I had it , my kids have it. My Grand kids have it.
If that makes me a miserable person I am proud of it.
Yes, it was his goal that his daughter not wear inappropriate clothing. But, his larger goal was for her to learn by her own experience - not by compulsory force.
The older kids get, the more important it is that they have learned to make good choices with an understanding of why they are doing it. A parent won't always be around to force a child to make the right choice, and it is better, in my opinion, to help them learn when the opportunity is there.
Force and enforcement still has a more limited place in raising kids, but a wise parent exercises influence without force when it is feasible and possible to do so, IMHO.
Plus, I expect that this girl knows that her Dad's primary motivation is love for her, even though peer pressure/the desire for her peers' approval is very high.
She bought it with her babysitting money. When I started earning my money babysitting I bought my own clothes. But my parents still had a say about it. But they were a little more relaxed about it. That one must have slipped by them. We still laugh about it.
Um its a shirt it never beat a wife . just like a gun never shot anyone.
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