You may not think you're embarrassing your kids when you sing along to "Hotline Bling" in the car, trust. You are.
Whether it's knowing the words to anything by Drake, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Madonna or Frank Sinatra, whether you kiss them goodbye in public, or even being so bold as to walk side by side when heading in the same direction, it's not hard to do something to repel your offspring, Most parents have an uncanny ability to do it without even trying. Sometimes it's even just the sound of their mom or dad breathing that can make a teen want to run and hide.
However, there are moments when parents go out of their way to purposefully humiliate their children. Take Scott Mackintosh, for instance. He didn't mortify his then 19-year-old daughter Myley just for for fun—although to be sure, some fun was had. When Myley wore Daisy Duke-type short-shorts, Scott wanted her to know that she's worth more than the amount of skin she shows. In fact, he wanted her to show less because he feels she's worth so much more.
According to Wide Open Country, however, Myley refused to change before a family outing, and since Scott couldn't beat her, he joined her. Taking a pair of scissors and an old pair of jeans, he cut his pant legs to way up above his knees, although with his children's eyes glued to their various smart phones, they failed to notice his new look. When it was time to leave the house they finally caught on to his fashion faux pas.
“Oh, I don’t care," Myley said to him. "It’s you that’s going to be embarrassed.”
In the course of being out in public, they ran into some friends and acquaintances, who laughed with him and not at him, and got a kick out of the father-daughter matching short-shorts. Myley then posted photos of her dad on Tumblr, where the clicks on his pictures ran well into the six-figures.
As for whether Myley agreed with her dad after the incident that "modest is hottest," she said, “Mostly I just learned the lesson of how much he loves me and that he
really cares about it. It got a point across, yes.”
And it's a lesson that continues to resonate with the internet as Myley's story went viral a few years ago and is making the rounds again.
It's unknown whether Myley ever wore the shorts again, but it's a safe bet to say if she did, she thought long and hard about it. While parents can jump up, down and through hoops to impart wisdom unto their children, sometimes showing instead of telling is a more effective way of making it known that while most kids are never wrong (just ask them), sometimes Mom and Dad still know best. And if you disagree, be prepared to be embarrassed, because the only thing more powerful than a parent scorned is a loving parent who's not afraid to show it.