The Motley Monk finds it refreshing to read of fathers who teach their young daughters creative lessons in self-discipline and self-respect, rather than allowing themselves to imitate the likes of Miley Cyrus who recently was twerking on stage with Justin Beiber.
Of course, when many fathers are confronted with objectionable conduct on the part of their young daughters, they ask: "How can I stop this with all of the peer pressure that our daughter is experiencing without wrecking the evening?"
As Mackintosh's daughter Myley related the events on Tumblr:
My mom told me to change my "slutty" shorts before we went to dinner. I said no. So my dad cut his jeans to fit in. We went to dinner and then mini golf like this.
Writing in his wife's blog, Becky Mack’s Blog of Mild Chaos, Mackintosh stated:
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!”
Mackintosh decided to go back into the house and then cut most of the entire legs off of an old pair of jeans. He put them on, returned to the car, and the family then went out for dinner.
Myley didn't say anything about her father's pants until, after dinner and a round of mini golf, they stopped for milkshakes. It was at this point that Myley refused to get out of the car and be seen with her father.
Reflecting on his daughter's response, Mackintosh wrote:
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.
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 twisted, my daughter will always know that her dad loves her and cares about her enough to make a fool out of himself.
But, as Mackintosh later told KSL News, “She’s dressed a little better since then, yes she has.”
Kudos to Scott Makintosh, a real man and a great father who told the Deseret News:
I simply did this in hopes that my daughter would know of my great love for her and that she knows of her great worth. Now that it has gone viral, I hope that young women everywhere understand their great worth. I will look like an idiot any day if that point gets across.
Let the discussion begin...