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The REAL Story Behind The Short-Shorts, by Scott Mackintosh

I did something spontaneous a week ago today. I am shocked how fast things can spread via social media. And even more surprised how fast the story has changed in just ONE week. Within 24 hours of my wife and children posting THIS photo ….Imagewe were being told it had gone viral. My kids were using terms an old dad like me is not familiar with, such as; 70,000 notes on tumblr, favorited on twitter, re-tweated, shared etc… Friends were reporting they were seeing it posted on Buzzfeed, Redneck sites and other random sites, most have the story twisted (because of how my daughter worded it on her own tumblr blog). Thus the story ……

This is the REAL story behind the short-shorts!

I know the world has varying degrees of what is modest and what is not when it comes to clothing.  In our family we have pretty definite modesty guidelines; No mid-drift or low-cut shirts, no short-shorts, short skirts and we even go as far as saying no sleeveless shirts unless playing sports or on the beach. Having raised four daughters and three sons, I’m a bit protective. Some may call me old fashion, but I call it “A Dad who loves his daughters” (and sons too) I know some of you may be rolling your eyes and that’s okay, my daughter does it all the time.

I’m a firm believer that the way we dress sends messages about us, and it influences the way we and others act. (okay okay – I’m the first to admit I look like a redneck and I may say “crick” instead of “creek”) But that’s beside the point. My teenage daughter day after day continues to wear clothing that I, as her father, feel is inappropriate and immodest. Her mother and I feel the same about the importance of dressing modest. With that said, let’s move onto the night of the happening …….

In an effort to try to spend time with just the family we reserve our Monday evenings for just that. On this particular Monday, we decided to go out to eat (something we had not done in a very long time) and made plans for after dinner to use our pass-of-all passes to go miniature golfing at Trafalga, a nearby “fun center”.  I heard my wife ask our daughter if she would please change into some longer shorts before leaving. She said “NO!”  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 aren’t as “cute” as she thinks!

I ran into my bedroom as the family was loading into the car. I grabbed some scissors and cut some old worn out pants into a set of short-shorts with the ends of the pockets hanging out the bottom. There was only about an inch of material below the crotch of the shorts. To add frosting to the cake, I looked down and noticed a shirt that my older daughter had given me for Father’s Day. At the time I thought “where the heck would I ever wear this?” Wow! I just found the perfect moment!  I was a bit worried about going through with this, but felt that it was “OKAY” to make this statement in the privacy of our own home. I was certain that when my daughter saw me, that would be as far as it would have to go to make the point.

As I walked out to the car I could see my daughter and my son in the back seat with their heads down focused on their phones…needless to say they didn’t even notice. I stood by the open driver’s side door for a minute and even spoke to them, but their faces stayed focused on their phones, they didn’t even glance up. They had no clue of how I was dressed. I then walked about 50 feet in front of the car to meet my wife as she was walking back from feeding our animals. (hmmm….something’s wrong with this picture. Why was my wife feeding the animals and not one of our teens? Great question.)

My wife said, “What did they think? I told her that they hadn’t even noticed, but I was sure that they had by now. As I returned to the car, it was evident that their faces were still glued to their phones and had no idea of the spectacle that stood before them. Well, I had a decision to make. This little plotted scheme did not get noticed, so my thinking that this would end at home, quickly changed to… “I guess we’re taking it to the road now.”

As we were driving and nearly to the Hibachi House restaurant, I heard a camera sound. I looked to see what had just happened at the same time that my wife was being addressed by my children saying; “Why are you taking a picture of Dad?” Immediately my son said “Oh my gosh, look at dad!” My daughter then gave her disgusted look and said, “Why are you dressed like that?” followed by “Oh well, I don’t care.”

As we entered the restaurant we were greeted by many funny looking stares from a slightly small crowd. “Wow, at least it is a small group that I am making a fool of myself in front of” I thought. Then realized we knew two of the people. They laughed and said they couldn’t wait to tell our son-in-law what they had just seen. I gave a quick explanation. They laughed. My son, daughter and wife took a couple of pictures and posted them to social media. We ate dinner and it wasn’t a big deal.

My daughter didn’t seem to care however like I had hoped she would, so the question to myself was, “Do I let it fail or take it to the next level?” Take it to the next level of course!

“OK, let’s go miniature golfing” I said. The family laughed that I might just go through with that we had planned to do before dressing like a spectacle.

As we arrived to the small amusement park, we were met with many stares and pointing fingers as I walked through the lobby and to the miniature golf area. I tried to keep up with my daughter who had expressed that it didn’t bother her, but was not about to let me stay very close to her as we walked through the crowded room. Once we got our clubs and were waiting in line for our turn to start, a couple of girls were “acting” like one was taking a picture of the other when in fact they were lining themselves up for a “Kodak Moment” …of Me! My daughter then being bold said, “If you want a picture of him, just ask, I am sure he won’t mind.” They were embarrassed and continued to act like that wasn’t what they were doing.

Amongst all of the pointing and strange looks, we had a wonderful night of miniature golf and then headed for Artic Circle for milk shakes. As I pulled into a stall, my daughter said, “Uh, no! We are NOT going in!” I said “Sure we are, let’s go!” “No!” She said, “Let’s go through the drive up.”  We went in, but she stayed in the car. She had had enough and did not want to go through any further embarrassment.

There was no “Dad I get it” or “Dad you’re the best…. thanks for that awesome lesson.” ☺ I don’t think my object lesson of “modest is hottest” made the statement I had intended. But no matter if social media gets the story mixed up and out of sorts, my daughter will always know that her dad loves her and cares about her enough to make a fool out of himself.

UPDATE 9/5/13:  KSL News picked up the story and interviewed Scott LIVE on Browser 5.0.  Click here to watch the news segment. 

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  1. Scott you are awesome. I will use your story as a lesson to much younger daughters. But same feeling, love them.

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    • GREAT PARENTING! Good to hear someone set the example for us – I have an 8 and 4 year old daughter that I have already determined I would do the same. Your a GREAT DAD that loves his girl!

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      • Thank you Derrick for taking the time to read our story and leave a comment. If you haven’t already done so please fill out the opt in box for my upcoming “Life’s Lessons” forum… love to have you share some of your parenting experience in helping this generation raise the bar. All the best. -Becky

  2. It’s Brilliant. We daughters can be mighty stubborn but such things are not lost on us no matter how much we protest and protect our pride.

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  3. I think this is fantastic and I love that modesty is something you are trying to teach your children. It is a concept that for far too long has been lost! You are my hero!

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  4. That is so cool. This is a lesson we struggle with at our house as my step daughters deal with mixed messages from society and even their mother, with whom the spend the bulk of the year, that conflict with what we teach and believe in our home. I really hope this lesson sinks in for your daughter soon. It’s very cool that you were willing to do this.

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  5. Best dad ever! I wish my dad loved me that much as a teen!!!

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  6. You are the Best Dad Ever, and you have great legs. Keep fighting the Good Fight.

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  7. You are awesome!

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  8. I agree with you completely!!! My children are grown but I see it everyday. To short shorts look terrible. And ill never understand why young girls want their boobs hanging out. But most of all don’t understand the parents that let them walk around like that. If parents are providing anything for the child, there are punishments they can hand out. Same for guys with their pants down to their knees.

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  9. Love it! You are a great Dad!

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  10. Way to go Scott! Keep up the good work. You have an awesome family, it shows you invested a lot of time and love into it. This being just another one of those investments on your part!
    She will remember that dad cared enough to go all the way with his visual lesson just for her.

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  11. I think it’s fantastic! Of course quite a bit of those lessons don’t truly get absorbed right away but good for you for doing it anyway! Hold your head high you are a fantastic dad (and mom)

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  12. The long and short of it is I LOVE what you did. It will never be forgotten by your daughter, I’m sure!

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  13. So awesome! I have a little baby daughter…. I hope we are as cool as you when she gets too big for her britches 🙂 God Bless!

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  14. Thank you SO MUCH for your quick thinking! I completely agree with you and as the mother of 5 girls, last one is almost a teenager, I appreciate you. And, please believe me when I say you do not look like a fool! You are my hero because there are not enough people in this world who will stand up! My girls have all seen this and my husband is grateful they appreciate this lesson from you without him having to dress in his short shorts! They see that we are not the only “old” parents.

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  15. You are a genius! And there are some parts of that story that sound vaguely familiar. Your wife fed the animals while your teenagers sat in the car and started at their phones? No where have I heard that before…

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  16. Good job!! 🙂 You are awesome!!

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  17. My mom did a similar thing with my younger sister. One night she put on one of my sisters very tight, very revealing shirts and was wearing it around. My sister got the point of how silly and inappropriate it really was. She changed how she dressed after that. I love parents who aren’t afraid to teach their kids correct standards!!!

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  18. My husband has been threatening to do this for ages. Good for you for going through with it. Hopefully, even if she doesn’t say it, your daughter got the point.

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    • My husband has been threatening to do this for ages. Good for you for going through with it. Hopefully, even if she doesn’t say it, your daughter got the point.

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  19. You are a fabulous dad!!!

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  20. You are soooooooo GREAT!!!! Love your parenting!!! AWESOME!

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  21. This was fantastic. Nothing like a little humor to handle a teaching opportunity.

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  22. Mom said she had seen an awesome photo of you but she didn’t tell me just how awesome. What a great Dad you are!

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  23. You are an awesome dad! I guarantee that no matter how blase’ your daughter was about it, that little lesson is definitely going to stick with her. You are so brave!

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  24. My hat goes off to you! Great lesson!! Wish my dad loved me that way when I was her age! You are doing the right thing – I pray one day she will realize it!

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  25. I’ve seen shorts like this on girls as young as 8 I think. What are parents thinking? Some is “they are just kids.” I say they are creating “predator bait.” Good lesson, Dad!

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  26. Good work! Modest is hottest!

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  27. Ever since I saw the pictures for the first time. I thought you deserved kudos. I think even more so now that I read your whole story. 🙂 Thank you for sharing. (And I bet she learned more than she let on.)

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  28. Good onya for following through with this and thanks for sharing it with us. This story is PERFECT for my Sunday School lesson tomorrow.

    Cheers

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  29. As a mid teenage girl with a bit of a thing for modesty, I gotta say that I totally wish a few more people would get their senses together and get the lesson you’re trying to teach. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I wouldn’t have avoided my dad if he had done the same thing, (I would absolutely have been embarrassed and stayed in the car all night.) but your point is great,sir.

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  30. Good job. You know, when she disrespected you and said “NO”, you could have yanked that phone out of her hand, turned it off and reminded her that you were the parent and punished her and I bet that would have done a better job; however, that probably wouldn’t have gone “viral”.

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    • Chris, are you a parent of teenage daughters? The response you suggest would be effective, all right. Effectively making her angry and more likely to rebel. When you push, kids will push back. When you lead by example, and maybe an extreme example, will get the message across much better than an iron fist. And yes, I have raised daughters, and sons, who know and respect the standards with which I raised them.

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      • As one who was recently a teenager this attitude of be gentle and everyone is a winner is garbage. I honestly believe it is what is ruining my generation. Participation trophies for failing and congratulations for a horrible effort? If this is supposed to boost my self esteem and help me make it through life please show me a place that will pay me for believing i’m the greatest thing on earth no matter what evidence there is to the contrary.

        I agree you can’t rule with an iron first all the time. That said if I was ever foolish enough to out right disobey and refuse something I was told to do I was reminded who was the parent.Did it make me angry, short run yes but it also gave me a respect for authority that has served me well. Also when my parents led by example I followed not because I thought they were cool or my best buddy but because I respected them.

    • This was his punishment for her it’s creative and more effective than your solution. I totally agree with Kristina you CANNOT be a parent of a teenage daughter or not a very effective one.

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  31. Thanks for sharing your story. I am the father of a young little girl and this was a good reminder for me to make sure I teach my children good values, morals etc. I hope and pray, someday, your daughter will realize just how much you love her and that you care about her.

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  32. Nice scott you are funny good dad.

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  33. Heather Woodruff

    This is so awesome! You are a great dad!

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  34. Even though it took alot of guts to do what you did, the lesson will be a good one for the rest of her life and others to come. Thank You for doing what you did.

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  35. Thank you for making a statement! I have daughters myself and it’s hard to find modest clothes for them, so I appreciate the fact that I’m not alone in this!

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  36. Modest is the hottest. Tell your daughter that coming from a young women herself, (me), I know she would rather have a guy like her for her personality than if how hot he thinks she is.

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  37. I lived in Utah for a few years, but am orginally from Buffalo, NY. What I was impressed with about modest dress was that it was not “weird church frumpy” like we would see up North. It was hip, fashionable, and you could still see how absolutely lovely the young women truly are.

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  38. You rock. You are doing this parenting thing right!!!

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  39. Only you Scott, that is so awesome.

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  40. I had thought of doing this very same thing -from going so scruffy to make a point – to the short of short. I didn’t have your courage but wish I had. You are a great Dad.

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  41. What an awesome Dad!

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  42. Sadly, I bet this is the photo the children use for your obituary.

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  43. She got it. She was embarrassed to be seen with you at the end. The point was made and you taught it well. Fun story. Thanks for sharing with this old Grandma. I have something to share with my granddaughters as they prepare to go out for the evening with me and with friends.

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  44. Good for you. For our family I can tell you- I have not only done things like that- I’ve even taken a step further and used poor manners in the place where we are eating when they have used poor manners at the table.

    I bought a coconut bikini and have it hanging in my closet and my kids know- if I ever pull it out it won’t be for a joke. It will be because they are dressed inappropriate and it will go on and out in public. (Gosh I hope that day never comes) Grins.

    I will say though- if that had happened at our home- that our kids had not noticed because they were on the phone… and if I had been feeding animals instead of the kids because of the phone- they would have lost the phone poste haste! And it would have stayed lost for a very long time. There is NO Where my kids go that they are not able to borrow a phone from someone they know to make an emergency phone call and truly those types of emergencies rarely happen.

    You are a great man and an excellent example of how to teach with kindness and calm attitude.

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  45. Martha Echegaray.

    I would like to have had a dad like you. thanks for sharing that awesome lesson. Kind regards from Colombia.

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  46. As a mother of two daughters I LOVE IT! I have always told them if they ever sluffed I would put rollers in my hair, wear a bathrobe and a sign that says I am their mother and I have to babysit them to stay in school…. This is a bathrobe moment!

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  47. I saw the original post on Tumblr and I like your more in depth story much better! This is priceless.

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  48. You are my kind of Dad…I wish more dads were like this instead of always giving in to their daughters ( kids)…

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  49. Loved this! Our favorite age was “teenagerhood.” Adult kids are awesome, and we learn from ours all the time. Check out some great stories from our adult kids at mormonpanorama.com.

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  50. you are an AWESOME Dad!!!! if only there were more out there like you!

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  51. Scott! You are a cute dad!
    Unfortunately I am one that struggles with modesty on my day to day and because of my career! But this has motivated me to do better!
    Kat | poshbykat.com

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  53. cool story but, who bought her the immodest clothes in the first place?

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  54. I love it!! Wonder if my husband would do the same?? He could wear the short shorts and tank top just like my 16 year old daughter! Thank you for being a great dad.

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  55. Absolutely BEST dad ever! Way to go – great lesson – and man was this funny! From Sparks Nevada – where you find more weirdo’s than you know what to do with!

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  56. Father of 4 daughters… loved it!!!
    Can relate.

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  57. If you have a standard of modesty in your home, who is buying the short shorts? Just curious….

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  58. I just hope at the end of the night you sed the same scissors to cut up her clothes that were immodest. How did they even get in her closet? Love your boldness.

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    • I haven’t used scissors, but have thrown away plenty of clothes….she is 19 and buys her own clothes. Forcing the issue does not always make matters better, sometimes a parent has to think out of the box to get a message across. Remind you this was not meant to go viral, it was a message that was to stay in our home as mentioned in the story.

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  59. Shelly Haggarton

    Horray for you, Scott!! We too have three sons and four daughters. One day one of our daughters was wearing a pair of very short shorts, she knew we disapproved. She came home from getting gas in the car and was disgusted and upset by something, to the point of shivering with goose bumbs. I asked what happened. Her response, “I was pumping the gas, and this gross looking old man next to me looked me up and down and said, ‘nice legs’.” That was the end of the short shorts!! Thank you gross old man, who ever you are.

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  60. Great story, great lesson, great dad. Congratulations!

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  61. What an awesome, engaged dad! Love the lesson! Love your wife for asking her to change in the first place. Good job Mom. Its hard being Mom and having a teenager.

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  62. YOU ARE AWESOME!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  63. I love this family. Love this lesson. She is going to remember it when she has daughters of her own that want to push the limits. Thanks for being a great example Scott & Becky.

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  64. Good for you. Glad to see there are still some parents willing to teach their daughters to be modest. And way to get creative, sometimes those lessons work the best!

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  65. Hey, this is your cousin with the same name. I had a few co-workers who mistakenly thought this was me. Funny. I love what you did and agree with it whole-heartedly. Keep up the good work ‘Best Dad Ever’!

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  66. This was so great. We had a good laugh and a good lesson taught. Parents like you need a high 5.

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  67. Very cool! Hopefully, you will follow up with cleaning out her closet of immodest clothing so that it won’t be an option anymore.

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  68. Kudos to you! I’m leaving this page open so I can show my kids when they get home from school. We are just a few years away from having a houseful of teenage girls. Hopefully your little lesson will be memorable enough for them that their dad won’t have to pull out the scissors and an old pair of jeans. 🙂

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  69. You are great!! If she felt ashamed of you, you feel the same when she dresses inmodesty. I raised 2 boys 2 girls, and sometimes my husband and I have to ask our teenager daughter, these days the only one at home, to go back and change. Thanks for sharing it!!

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  70. I read this on KSL and just loved it. What a great dad!!! Your daughter may not have acted like she got the lesson but one day she will let you know how your willingness to teach her through example really changed her life.
    We could use more parents like you.

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  71. Good to hear the story in your words. Love that you did that and took it to the next level!

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  72. I love that you love your daughter enough to do this for her! I have a 16 year old son, whose girlfriend dresses in immodest clothing, and I feel so upset when they get together. My family has all made comments about her clothing to me and it as been a great lesson for my 14 year old. So she can see how the parents of boys feel about them wearing revealing clothing! Thank you so much!

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  73. Scott & Becky, Hello! I used to be in your Sunday School Class ages ago in the 6th Ward. I did not recognize Bro. MacIntosh by first glance, but then I watched the KSL video and your laugh was what gave you away. What a great lesson for your daughter. I still remember your SS class, it was wonderful. Hope you are well. —Lois Skoubye Hardy

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  74. Awesome! I love it! You are my hero!

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  75. Especially love the lesson of modesty, dignity and self-respect that you are teaching her. Nowadays, there is just not enough of that as girls and women walk around with very little clothing on. I really honour your assertiveness and boldness (doing what it takes!), and your deep love and caring for your children. What a beautiful message you are giving them by your actions.

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  76. Way to go scott.Your daughter will NEVER forget the awesome object lesson…..you ROCK dad.

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  77. Great lesson on modesty!!! I’m very proud of you Scott…Becky also!!

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  78. You are the COOLEST Dad ever. If only every little (and big girl) could be blessed enough to have a daddy like you that would go to these lengths to show their love, the world would be a better place.
    As a former teenage girl, TRUST ME, your message may not hit home for her the way you intended this week, or next month, but she will know for a lifetime very soon about a precious man who cared enough about her to not care about anything else. My parenting hat is totally off to you!!! KUDOS!

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  79. Thank you for making modesty a priority in your lives! I so appreciate parents who teach their daughters (and sons) to be modest. Our sons notice the girls who dress modest and are grateful there are some out there that do!!

    Your daughter listened at the lesson you taught you that night!!

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  80. Wow Scott, your story and your wife’s Blog has made my day! Thanks for bringing out this virtue of modesty which may seem insignificant to others but is so important to those that struggle with the little things.
    By the way, I haven’t seen those Mackintosh legs since your wrestling days. . . . and yes those shorts were not in style in our grade school days it’s just that our parents didn’t have enough money to go buy them for us, they were better looking with the FRAY!
    Looks and sounds like You and Becky have a great family, I wouldnt expect anything but greatness from a Mackintosh.

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  83. Maybe you should have dealt with the disrespect first. I don’t believe you gave her a choice in changing her shorts. She said NO, and you were ok with that. I think that in another year, you will be telling her to go change her baby’s diaper after she finishes her homework. She wears entirely too much makeup, and she doesn’t look like she is a decent girl. She looks like she dresses, slutty.

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    • Wow. Slut-shame much? Funny how you (and society in general) seem to think a girl’s self-respect and intelligence is entirely wrapped up in her clothing and how much makeup she wears. Maybe she wears makeup because she enjoys it, and maybe she wears short-shorts because she isn’t ashamed of her legs.

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  84. As a father myself, I salute you!

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  85. You are fantastic!Your actions even makes me reconsider wearing my short cut off shorts.Maybe I will save them for beach wear or nightclubs only now.I know I know I know,I should be modest at all times but for now I will try to limit wearing them and eventually never wear them.

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  86. you are AWESOME!!!!! I love the story that I just read about this and I love the fact that you focused on her and your love and the lesson you wanted to teach her! Don’t worry about what the internet twists it in to, if a person cares about the state of kids these days and sees your story, they will cheer 🙂

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  87. Well done Dad!!!!

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  88. Awesome lesson, but dads has some really sexy legs… lucky wife!!! My dad just took all my cutoffs and used them to pull exploded batteries and greasy engine parts out of cars he worked on then put them on top of the dryer for me to find

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  89. As parents in the “modern” world, we all face the consequences of media overload on our young charges. Instead of taking the bold step that you did Scott…I took the “usual” way out and stood firm…argued…fought…and ultimately lost. If I had only the wherewithal and quick thinking that you used to illustrate your point….I would have gladly humiliated myself to lead by example…as we all should. My daughter is now older….with four kids of her own. She would never ask how much I love her…because even know she could never understand how much.

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  90. Sorry, but you’re all just attention seekers. Your husband with his stunt, you with this blog, and your daughter has learned from both of you. Take away her phone if you don’t like her posting all those slutty pics online. She is more famous now than ever and more people have seen her half naked body now than ever thanks to your misguided stunt.

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  91. Two thumbs up on this. I think it is important to all young ladies alike to learn the message of modesty.

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  92. I absolutely LOVED this story! Such a great way to teach a lesson!

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  93. Love it!!! Best dad award goes to you!!! Way to go!!!

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  94. Way to go, Scott! It’s obvious your motive was love and respect for your daughter – not a power move. Your courage will be rewarded some day when you kids get older and wise up to what great parents they have. Stay the course!

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  95. Way to go Scott and Becky! MODEST is HOTTEST!

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  96. My dad would have done something very similar. I wish more parents put their foot down on dress and grooming. Just because it is “popular” or what is in style does not make it decent or modest or even look good. I remember being that age and wanting to dress just like the girls on TV or like my favorite singers and looking back at pictures of when I succeeded make me cringe. It doesn’t look pretty or fashionable or anything good. It looks trashy, easy and unfortunately puts these girls out front as targets. Thank you “dad” for loving your daughter enough to do this.

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  97. Scott, you are my hero, thanks for taking the first step on parenting with dignity !!!!!

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    • Thank you Juan for your support. I’d love to stay connected. If you haven’t already done so please fill out the opt in box for my upcoming “Life’s Lessons” forum… love to have you share some of your parenting experience in helping this generation raise the bar. All the best. -Becky

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  98. Don’t wish to join, just ask if Scott is from Indianapolis? 40+ years ago we had a Scott MacIntosh down the street the same age as our kids.

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  99. I think you are really good dad for caring about your children so much. There are so many children who don’t have a father involved in their lives. Your daughter may not thank you now but in a few years she will realize how lucky she is to have you. Plus you obviously have a good sense of humor.

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  100. Awesome!! lesson learned not only for your daughter…

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  101. Thank you Scott for being doing such a brave thing! There aren’t a lot of parents who want to teach their kids life learning lessons and this is one of the best lessons!

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  102. You get my “Dad of the Year” vote, Scott.

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  103. Sharing this on my Facebook page. I know, at 19 years old, my dad has no approved of some the most up to date fashion choices of mine, and he has always made it clear when he dislikes something. I credit him for the way I dress today, which is honestly a lot older than most of my peers! 🙂
    I can tell he will appreciate this.

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  104. I admire your boldness. I know it makes a difference in our daughters’ lives. I was a single mother of 3 beautiful girls. I had had enough of them screaming at me one day in the grocery store. I had had enough of people staring and shaking their heads. I gave them 3 chances to stop screaming. Then I laid down in the aisle kicking and screaming at them. It made a difference. I think my oldest was 6 or 7. She is now 24 and still talks about it. Well done!

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    • Thank you Cindi! Love your tantrum story it made me laugh visualizing that! Love to stay connected. Please fill out the opt in box for my upcoming “Life’s Lessons” forum… love to have you share more of your parenting experience in helping this generation raise the bar. All the best. -Becky

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  105. Why is your daughter even telling you no like that? At what age did you first allow her to talk back to you like that? At the first “no” she would got a serious whooping. For the record I have 3 girls myself (11, 9, 4) & none of them tell me or my wife no. We started this type of discipline at an early age, therefore they know better. Kids have an easy job…LISTEN to what your parents tell & go to school & behave yourself. My kids do not have a choice when it comes to either. But why is it that you guys tolerate that type of back talk & unnecessary disrespect…and after ALL I’m sure you do for them?

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  106. We have all boys, but I still love this. I had to show my husband the part where you say “crick” instead of “creek”. We’re from S.F., UT (now Texas) and he does that too. People here had no idea what he was trying to say, haha!

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  107. I don’t think he looks that bad. The important thing is it your daughter got the message.

    Cudos to parents who care and are involved.

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    • Thank you Anita for your comment.. Love to stay connected. Please fill out the opt in box for my upcoming “Life’s Lessons” forum… love to have you share some of your parenting experience in helping this generation raise the bar. All the best. -Becky

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  108. I really enjoyed your story, you have a great attitude. I am guessing this daughter is your youngest, she should thank her older siblings, they have taught you the wisdom to be a great parent. The article did not specify how old this child was, just an observation. Also, for what it is worth, you’ve got a “great set of gams” ! Thanks again.

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    • Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. She is 19 and number 6 of 7 children. Life is a journey and a journey to be shared. I’d love to stay connected. Please fill out the opt in box for my upcoming “Life’s Lessons” forum….love to have you share some of your parenting experience in helping this generation raise the bar. All the best. -Becky

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  109. Wow!. Is there anything a loving parent would not do or go? I hope your example would resonate with Myley. She may not “get it” today. But she will oneday, and when she does… she’ll be glad you stood your ground. Good work Scott!

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    • Thank you Viv. Scott also thanks you for reading his post of the Real Story Behind The Short Shorts. Love to stay connected. Please fill out the opt in box for my upcoming “Life’s Lessons” forum… love to have you share some of your parenting experience in helping this generation raise the bar. All the best. -Becky

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  110. Awesome job dad! Now a days us parents have to find creative ways to get across to our teens. Way to go!

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    • Thank you 1MOM! Love to stay connected. Please fill out the opt in box for my upcoming “Life’s Lessons” forum… .I’d love to have you share some of your parenting experience in helping this generation raise the bar. All the best. -Becky

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  111. verdell releford

    Good job dad, Who brought the short shorts in the first place? We have 8 daughters they tried this too, bringing clothes home from friends, I cut them up each time until the friends were tired of their clothes being destroyed, I don’t play that. Bounderies are a must in this day and time. They can dress any kind of way once they turn 18 and living on their own:))

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    • Thank you for your comment Verdell. She is 19 and buys her own clothes. Wow 8 daughters…We have four daughters all older than this one and three sons. Enjoy every stage. Life is a journey to be enjoyed. Love to stay connected. Please fill out the opt in box for my upcoming “Life’s Lessons” love to have you share some of your parenting experience in helping this generation raise the bar. All the best. -Becky

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  112. Awesome, your daughters and sons are incredibly blessed!

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  113. We NEED more FATHERS like you, and MOTHERS that care enough to be parents and not “friends” with their kids.. In the 17 years I have been out of school I am just amazed at what lack of attire runs rapant at our schools despite there being a dress code, and yes what you dress is the outward nature of whats going on in your heart.. In the long run I am sure your daughter will appreciate this.. and I thank you as a mother of a son who will one day be having to deal with trying to keep his heart and eyes pure.

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    • Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on the Real story behind the Short Shorts. And my husband thanks you for the applause. I’d love to stay.connected. If you haven’t already done so please fill out my opt in box. Love to hear parenting experiences you’ve had in raising your son. All the best.. ~Becky

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  114. Good job Scott 😀 and NICE LEGS too!
    I’m a 59 yr old gay woman and I am very concerned about the way young women dress. However, since I have no children I am given no way to voice my opinion. I agree with all the parents, girls need to be protected and these “come and get me clothes” do have an impact!!! I am a nurse counselor and I have worked with people with HIV and young ones with multiple SID’s. It breaks my heart to see teens get pressured into behavior that is totally inappropriate and become at the very least pregnant &/or infected with sexual infections. They need all the help we can give them to prevent this from happening. All the education, parenting, support, and proper supervision to give them a chance to get to adulthood chaste.
    So you go Scott, and remember next time you hear about someone who is gay that many of us are standing right beside you trying to protect the children of our world as well. 😀
    And thank you Becky for your blog and having a place to make a support comment about this situation. I send blessings to you and your family.

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  115. Thank you Bootsy for taking the time to come to my blog to read the story behind the short shorts picture and for your comment. I’d love to stay connected and hear some of your stories and lessons learned in raising your for children. Wish you all the best. ~Becky

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