Getting a youngin' to spend less time on their phone is always a challenge for parents. One dad decided to accept the challenge and turn it into an adventure.
HuffPost reports that Bradley Herbst, who is from Jacksonville, Florida, created a rule to keep his 14-year-old daughter Sydney from being on her cell phone so much while he drove her to and from school. On Fridays, he's her ride, and if she breaks the rule, he gets to embarrass her by walking into her school in one of the wacky costumes he wears just for the occasion.
Herbst told HuffPost that he often bases the costumes on whatever his kids — Sydney has a younger brother, Andrew — are learning in school or current events. He posts them on Facebook every Friday, and friends and family have started to look forward to them. "They’re actually disappointed if there's a Friday with no school," he said. Seems to us like Sydney breaks this rule on the regular...
Something tells us that while Sydney does her best unimpressed McKayla Maroney face in these photos, she secretly loves her dad dressing up in all the creative costumes. (Or that she'll appreciate it when she's older, anyway.) He's worn everything from an Elvis costume to nurses' scrubs.
"My daughter’s friends and classmates absolutely love it," Herbst told HuffPost. "I think it’s taken Sydney until this year to actually enjoy it herself. Once she started enjoying it, she started posting a pic of me in my costume, every Friday morning, to her Snapchat." (But no Snapchat in the car, obviously.)
Herbst added: "I hope other parents get my message of how important it is to find a way to communicate with your kids while they’re 'unplugged,'" he told HuffPost. "It’s so hard to get that phone out of their hand, you might need to come up with a creative way to do it. And if it turns into a fun thing, even better!"
We've reached out to Herbst and will update this story when we hear back. Side note: Who is he in the pic below? Debbie Harry? Hello Kitty at a rave?
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