Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Being a Great Parent or How To Embarrass Your Children

When I grow up, I want to father my kids like this dad. I will explain why below:
Rain Price will never forget the first day of his sophomore year of high school. On the bus, packed with classmates from his suburban Utah school, Rain peered out the window, mortified.

"The school bus for the first time ever came down our street this year," explains Rain’s dad, Dale, to Utah’s Daily Herald. "This was [my son’s] first year on the bus. My wife came running in the room and suggested we go wave at him to embarrass him.”

And so began Dale’s hazing ritual that continued every day for the rest of his son's school year. The first day may have been the most shocking for Rain, but in the days to follow, the surprises kept coming.

Since the fall, Dale has waved at his son in 180 different outlandish costumes. The second day of school he wore a football helmet and jersey, and in the months that followed he opened the front door dressed as a blushing bride, a superhero, a Star Trek fan, Michael Jackson, and a giant chicken. One day he even lugged an old toilet bowl onto the street and sat on it reading a newspaper, stopping to wave as the bus rolled by.
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Now notice his teenage sons reaction to it all:
Through it all, Rain, an honors student and a member of his high school marching band, has come to appreciate his dad’s efforts. “He is genetically predisposed to having a good sense of humor,” writes Rain's mom, Rochelle, on their blog. “And yes, he did laugh at the waves. If you look closely at some of the pictures, you’ll see that he and his friends were waving back.”
I have told my kids (repeatedly) that they should never be embarrassed by their parents. I have also warned them that if they do, I will up the ammunition to embarrass them, so they learn to appreciate their parents' opinion over and above everyone else's, until they leave my house.

I think I just learned what will happen if my kids say - "DAD, you are embarrassing me!"
Check out the father's blog - some of the costumes are really funny...

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