Being late for school can be rough, especially when you have a merciless attendance monitor who never fails to demand a signed tardy slip.

No one understands this issue better than Salt Lake City dad Seth King, whose children are chronically late for school. King makes light of the situation—while simultaneously teaching his children a lesson—by crafting hilarious tardy notes that account for his son’s early-morning boyband practice and daughter’s vegan™ drum circles.


King tells USA Today,

“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,”

His notes serve to teach his children an important lesson about real-life consequences and public shaming. He explains,

“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. 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.”

Peep some of King’s best work below—as well as his masterful vegan-roasting above—and stay updated on his best work on Instagram


The Happy Meal Toy Collection

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The Boy-Band Practice

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The Desperate Attempt for a White Christmas

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#TheCultLifeChoseHer

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The Almond Butter Attempt

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[via Esquire]