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This dad should be every parent's hero


September 18, 2013
Scott Mackintosh is my hero. He isn't an athlete, movie star or the most recent winner of "American Idol." He's just a dad who has had enough and decided to make his point by giving his daughter a little of her own medicine.

Mackintosh, his wife and their son and daughter were getting ready to go play miniature golf, when his wife asked their teenage daughter, who was wearing shorts that were too short for their taste, to change. Their daughter's response? "No!"

Here's where Mackintosh earns hero status.

"Instead of turning her response and disrespectful attitude into a major battle," he wrote on the family blog, "I decided to make a 'small' statement on how her short-shorts maybe aren't as 'cute' as she thinks!"

As the kids were getting into the car, he ran upstairs, grabbed some scissors and cut a pair of old jeans into a set of shorts that would make a Hooters waitress blush. To drive the point home even more, he put on the "Best. Dad. Ever." T-shirt that his older daughter had given him for Father's Day.

At first his kids, who were in the backseat with their heads tilted down and eyes glued to their phones, didn't see him. It was only after they were on the way to dinner and they heard the click of a camera as his wife was taking his photo that they noticed.

His daughter's response was typical: disgust — "Why are you dressed like that?" — followed by apathy — "Oh well, I don't care."

Dinner was met by stares and laughter, but Mackintosh's daughter still didn't seem to care. So, it was off to a fun evening of miniature golf. Surely his daughter's sense of embarrassment would kick in as he leaned over in to pick up golf balls in ragged blue jean shorts that barely covered what it should, right?

There again were plenty of stares and laughter, but Mackintosh's daughter, other than trying to keep her distance, didn't seem to mind.

Being a family night, Mackintosh suggested they cap it off with milkshakes. It was only there that his daughter showed embarrassment. She suggested they go through the drive-through, but Mackintosh insisted they go inside. She declined, instead staying in the car.

Mackintosh doesn't know if his daughter got the lesson, but at least he tried. Instead of getting into a screaming match with her, he used humor — and embarrassment — to try to get her to have more self-respect. She and her friends (as well as most teenage boys) may think the short shorts look great, but someday she'll realize that she's better than that. Hopefully, that day will come sooner rather than later.

Unfortunately, too many parents don't care. Scott Mackintosh did. For that, at least for one day, he truly was the Best. Dad. Ever. At least to his daughter.

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