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SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah father of five knows a lot about the struggle to get kids out of bed and to school on time.
When one of Seth King’s five children is late to school, he is required to write them a note to excuse his kid’s tardiness.
King told KSL that he has been writing the comical late notes to excuse his children’s delayed arrival at school for years, but only recently started posting them online.
He describes the notes as a mixture of public shaming and parental love.
“It has been a fun way for us to let people know not to take life too seriously, and let my kids know that I want them to be on time — if I can persuade them to be on time by embarrassing them in a social situation without causing them too much trauma psychologically,” King said. “Life is too short to be taken seriously.”
According to KSL, while notes have a “heavy emphasis on imagination,” King says that they are all based in reality.
He writes the notes for his children Isabella, 15, Carson, 13, Sophia, 10, Nolan, 6, and even 3-year-old Liam.
His teenagers are not as fond of the notes as his elementary school aged kids are. But they are used to him being the “embarrassing dad.”
“I completely acknowledge that I’m a flawed and goofy and weird parent,” he said. “I understand that my daughter sometimes probably wishes that I was just quiet and wouldn’t write anything or post anything or tease her at all, but I grew up with a father who teased me and made me laugh. I know I frustrated him at times and he always found a way to make me smile. I’ve tried to do the same for my kids. I love being a father. I know my wife loves being a mother. It’s the best thing we’ve ever done and we just hope that we’re doing it right.”