Do you think this sort of Humiliation is Damaging to a Child?

Jodi - posted on 06/05/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )




Dad dresses up in 170 costumes to farewell son

An American schoolboy has endured a year of the ultimate parental embarrassment after his father dressed in a different costume to farewell him to his school bus every morning.

Dale Price, from the Utah city of American Fork, donned 170 different costumes for the daily send-off for son Rain, 16.

Mr Price told KSL-TV his dressing up was a father's way of saying he loves his son.

"It's a way of letting him know that we really care about him, but do something a little different," he said.

The bizarre ritual began on the first day of Rain's second year of high school, which left him "in shock".

But the idea caught on quickly for Mr Price, who made a rule that he could not wear the same outfit twice.

Among the costumes were a wedding dress, a wonder woman suit, a mermaid, and he even managed to get a toilet seat out onto the front lawn.

"You don't want to see your dad dressing up in a wedding dress, waving at you on the bus," Rain told KSL-TV.

Fortunately for Rain, his last day of school came on June 5, when his father wore a pirate costume saved from a previous Halloween.

Mr Price's array of costumes has been documented on the family blog

I won't even give my son a hug in front of his friends these days (he is 13 1/2), if I did something like this, he'd never live it down. He wouldn't even want me GOING to his bus stop with him. Would you EVER do something like this to your kids? Do you think that poor kid will ever live this down? Just curious about what other people think. Personally, I'd never do it to my kids, I think it's cruel.


Charlie - posted on 06/05/2011




I think it totally depends on the child and their sense of humour ...I would have thought that was hilarious .

From the blog about his son :

" About Rain: He is genetically predisposed to having a good sense of humor. He’s a fun, likable guy, with a 4.0 GPA in Honors classes. He plays the trumpet in the American Fork High School Marching Band (state champions). He’ll be marching in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade (in Pasadena, California on January 2, 2012). And he’s on the verge of earning his Boy Scout of America "Eagle Scout" award. 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. He knows how to laugh. He’s a great kid. "

So in this case no and after reading the blog I think this Dad rocks .


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Becky - posted on 06/05/2011




I thought it was funny! That said, I wouldn't do it to my children, and I probably wouldn't have loved my dad doing it to me, at the time, but I don't think it would've damaged me in any way. I imagine as I got older and looked back on it, I'd laugh over what a crazy family I had! Highschool kids can be cruel, yes, but, I think a lot of them also appreciate individuality and guts, which this dad certainly had. So maybe, it would've had the effect of making his friends look up to him and his family instead of being totally humiliating.

Katherine - posted on 06/05/2011




That's just effing creepy. For sure I'd be psychologically scarred. Repeatedly doing something like that to someone? That's going to cause a mental break somewhere.

Amanda - posted on 06/05/2011




My kids would love this, and would even encourage me, but then my 13 year old and 11 year old BEG me to come to school on halloween all dressed up. I think its a total hoot.

JuLeah - posted on 06/05/2011




This is not about and has nothing to do with the child. This is ALL about dad and attention on him

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Depends on the kid. Some kids would think it's hilarious...and reading what Loureen just wrote it seems like he's one of them. My senior prom a bunch of parents showed up in 1970's formal wear...powder blue tuxes, bad hair and make up and all. We all had a good laugh. Even the kids whose parents were dressed up.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/05/2011




well there ya go! I'm glad the dad was so involved in his life then

Sneaky - posted on 06/05/2011




What Loureen said :o)

Now if the dad was doing it to punish his son for some misbehavior I would be against it. But it wasn't, it was a bit of fun, done out of love, that has created some fabulous memories for that family and their neighbors and friends.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/05/2011




lol I'm curious what the kid thinks.... that is suuure to give this kid a weird sense of humor and some crazy genetics to fall back on when life gets rough........... and big balls? lol look at the photos! omg

Jodi - posted on 06/05/2011




"You don't want to see your dad dressing up in a wedding dress, waving at you on the bus," Rain told KSL-TV.

So he was embarrassed. But having said that I don't think it is in any way "damaging". I wouldn't do it to my kid though.

Valerie - posted on 06/05/2011




if it really offended his son it was wrong...i am not sure it was wrong though...i think there is more to the story...i only know of one parent dressin up and going to his sons middle school during halloween week dressed as papa the time his son was mortified but it became a veryfond memory that i think will be repeated some day by his son...that parent showed a lot of effort not sure the point but there must have been one...

Tah - posted on 06/05/2011




I'd never do this, kids are cruel nowadays, go ahead give them something else to tease and bully your kid for.

Rosie - posted on 06/05/2011




i would never do it, but i wouldn't go so far as to say it's going to damage him for the rest of his life or anything. i personally would think it would be something to easily laugh off, and turn it around on my dad. meh.

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