There are times when I wonder how my wife and I have done it. How in the world have we been able to raise children? After all, it's not like an instruction manual pops out with the kids when they're born. Parents are on their own.
Our sons, ages 14 and 9, have been somewhat easy to raise -- so far. They're good boys. They listen to adults and do what they're told for the most part. However, I'm still trying to figure out a way to get back at the older one for hacking my Twitter account a few weeks ago. If I can't think of anything, maybe I'll give Scott Mackintosh a call.
Mackintosh of Utah County, Utah, is the father of seven kids. The second-to-youngest child in the family is a 17-year-old high school student.
Mackintosh didn't like how she was dressing. She continually wore very short shorts against his wishes. So to get his daughter's attention, he cut off a pair of old jeans and made his own pair of short shorts.
On Sept. 3, he took his family out for a little fun while wearing the Daisy Duke-like shorts. Mackintosh, his wife and their two youngest children went out to dinner and played a round of miniature golf.
After golf, he suggested going to a popular ice cream place for a treat.
His daughter pleaded with him to go through the drive-through, but he insisted they go inside. As he was standing at the counter, Mackintosh was photographed by his kids, who put the pictures of him in his short shorts on their Facebook pages.
His daughter also put it on her Flickr page with a short explanation of why he was dressed that way. The photos of Mackintosh, who was wearing a T-shirt that read "Best Dad Ever," went viral.
The post drew an overwhelming number of positive responses. Nearly 500,000 people have visited the profile and more than 135,000 notes were left.
"I don't think my object lesson of ‘modest is hottest' made the statement I had intended," Mackintosh wrote on his wife's blog. "But no matter if social media gets the story mixed up and twisted, my daughter will always know that her dad loves her and cares about her enough to make a fool out of himself."
Mackintosh isn't the only parent who has tried to make a point with their children in a public setting.
A mother in California recently made her 11-year-old daughter stand at a busy intersection wearing a sign that read, "I was disrespecting my parents by twerking at a school dance."
A mother in Utah made her 10-year-old dress in clothes that the girl considered ugly after the girl had been bullying a classmate about the clothes they wore.
Parents have to be careful though because the kids can have the last word since they'll probably outlive you. If you are too tough, it could come back to haunt you. The children of a Reno, Nev., woman recently wrote a scathing obituary about her.
"On behalf of her children who she abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth," the obit read.
Parent-child relationships -- and life overall -- would really be much easier if we all came with instruction manuals.