- Kevin Scruggs has interviewed his daughter, Madison, on the first day of school every year for the past 13 years.
- He compiled the clips into a YouTube video in celebration of her high school graduation, and people are loving the idea.
- The father started the tradition with his oldest daughter Mackenzie, whose video currently has 2.3 million views.
- He told INSIDER that he’s glad to see his videos have put a smile on people’s faces and connected him with fellow parents around the world.
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The first day of school can be a special time for kids and parents alike. One Washington-based father captured those days in a YouTube video that’s going viral and resonating with many people.
For the past 13 years, Kevin Scruggs has been interviewing his daughter Madison on her first day of school. He compiled the clips in celebration of her recent high school graduation in a video titled “13 Years of First Day of School Interviews” that he began making in 2006.
Kevin, who is based in Silverdale, Washington, previously made a video for his oldest daughter Mackenzie in 2017 that has 2.3 million views at the time of this post. He said that she recently graduated from college and occasionally still gets recognised from the video.
The father told INSIDER that he believes “life is about moments,” and this line of thinking inspired his decision to capture the memories of his daughters’ first day at school each year.
“When they were going to school, I thought it’d be neat if I could interview them,” he told us. “And then someday when they graduate, we can just play it back and watch them all together.”
After going viral, Kevin said he’s been shocked to see the massive reaction to the video, especially since YouTube wasn’t around when he started the tradition. So far, he said the videos have received a positive response from fellow parents.
“It’s been a lot of fun just being able to interact with other people and if it brings a smile to their face in the crazy world that we live in, I think that’s just bonus,” he told us.
Kevin is enjoying the positive response but says he and his family aren’t letting the attention go to their heads.
“We don’t really take this too seriously,” he said. “It’s fun in the moment. If it’s bringing joy to peoples’ lives, we’re certainly grateful for that.”
He and his wife will be “empty nesters” when Madison heads off to Arizona for college in the fall, but he’s excited for his family’s future.
“We’ve enjoyed the time with our kids and we’re going to really enjoy the next phase of our lives as well,” he said. “And watching them both grow up into these incredible young women has really been a blessing for me and my wife.”
Watch the full video on YouTube.
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