"I think preparing them for a life of public shaming and consequences early on is probably a good thing," King said
If you’re a parent, by the time your kid’s gotten through a few grades of elementary school, you’ve probably written more than a couple of late notes. So you can’t fault Utah dad Seth King for wanting to spruce up the ones he’s forced to write for his kids, 15-year-old Isabella, 13-year-old Carson, 10-year-old Sophia, 6-year-old Nolan and 3-year-old Liam.
King’s achieved a measure of Internet fame for these late notes, which he documents on his Instagram account of the same name.
“Please excuse Liam for being tardy to preschool,” one begins. “Over the course of the past year he has been “borrowing” skew balls from local kid zone areas (i.e. Chuck E Cheese, Boondocks, etc) unbeknownst to his parents. Apparently he loaded these glorious wooden spheres into his power wheels JEEP and left the house last night trying to sell them back to those establishments in order to turn a profit.” The note continues, before terminating, as all of them do, with the signature, “Hugs, Seth King.”
“I was getting bored with writing the same old excuse note, and it got to a point where I also wanted my kids to understand the shame they should be feeling for being tardy and putting on-time attendance at their school as a second-tier priority,” King told TODAY.
King’s notes might seem whimsical, but he insists that they’re coming from a deeper place: “I love my kids dearly, but I understand also that the world is sometimes a harsh place once you get out of that cocoon of adolescence,” he told TODAY. “I think preparing them for a life of public shaming and consequences early on is probably a good thing. At the same time, I let them know that they’re loved, they’re cared for, and I’ve got their back.”