"Modest is hottest" says Scott Mackintosh. He had a creative way to drive that point home to his 19-year-old daughter. In 2013, the Utah father of seven went viral for wearing a pair of daisy dukes.
Myley Mackintosh refused to change out of a pair of short shorts before their weekly family outing. So, her dad decided to show her just how cute tiny shorts are. Before the family left for dinner, he took a pair of scissors to his old blue jeans. His alterations turned the jeans into some very revealing shorts.
Amazingly, the kids were too distracted by their devices to notice their dad's ensemble. So he decided to take it a step further and wear the shorts out in public.
"My daughter gave me a disgusted look and said, 'Why are you dressed like that?' I replied, 'Apparently short-shorts are pretty darn cute, so let's go,'" Mackintosh explained on his wife's blog. "She quickly added in a semi-horrified voice, 'Oh, I don't care, it's you that's going to be embarrassed.'"
He wasn't, though. In fact, Mackintosh and the family ran into a few neighbors at the restaurant and they all got a good laugh at Scott's outfit and the purpose behind it.
"I know it sounds weird to try to embarrass her, but I wanted her to know she's of great worth, " Mackintosh said in an interview with Good Morning America.
He wore the shorts for the entire outing, even playing an entire round of miniature golf in them. "Are you kidding me?" said his wife, "I was embarrassed but I was hoping it would be a really good lesson."
"You really don't want to see this 52-year-old fat guy walking around in short shorts," Mackintosh added, speaking of himself in the getup.
Once Myley posted the images to her Tumblr account, it got over 130,000 notes and shares.
"Mostly I just learned the lesson of how much he loves me and that he really cares about it," she said. "It got a point across, yes."
What a great and humorous way for a parent to teach their child a lesson without using personal humiliation. Let's hope the message stuck with Myley throughout the years.
This post was originally published on August 5, 2016.