We had 15 minutes of fame on ABC’s show Wife Swap, where the show was quite fascinated with our discipline technique of assigning our children five-paragraph essays (with intro and conclusion) for breaking major family rules. In Albuquerque, in the Espinosa-Marquez home, several of the “tribe” of skaters wrote essays I assigned about why using the “F” word is inappropriate.
We actually don’t do this very often. But, we do find that our kids all ace English and don’t experience writer’s block at all, thanks to their copious home writing experience. I keep their essays to entertain them in the future when they are adults (or to entertain all of us if they continue to not learn the lesson, by reading us all their original essay out loud).
My 14-year old son, Kincade, had a bad day on Sunday and wrote not one, but TWO, essays. Because I thought one of them was hilarious, I share it here for your enjoyment. Note the skilled use of lots of “filler,” which will come in handy for high school length requirements:
Are Fathers Important, and Do They Deserve Our Respect?
Fathers are very important in a family, and so we should be respectful to them. In my second essay of the day, I will discuss why fathers are so important to families.
In our family and in most families in our country, and the United States, and the world, and probably the universe, the fathers bring home the bacon; or, in our family, it’s more like the lettuce. Fathers all around the world work very hard to provide the “lettuce” for the family and they work too hard for their snot-nosed kids to be disrespectful to them. I think this is pretty much the reason why fathers are so important, but because I need to fill up this page, I guess I’ll need to make some more stuff up.
Fathers are also important because as a clinical study shows, families with fathers who take an active role are less likely to have children who become juvenile delinquents. I think that 86% of these “clinical studies” are just made up, but fathers are important because if we didn’t have fathers, we would probably drive our mothers crazy.
Fathers are also incredible role models. They set examples for their children like being responsible, working hard, and being a stud. These are some of the examples that my father has showed me, even though I have picked up only on the last one. If a father were a gang member, then the child would probably show some type of interest in joining a gang. Fathers’ examples are the most important because every child looks up to his father. This is why I think fathers’ examples are important.
Now I have told you why I think that fathers are so important. I feel bad about being disrepectful to Dad last night, and I know that I should try harder to be more respectful.
By Kincade Pay