A compassionate dad and his son’s potential Target nightmare caught this woman’s eye and she was compelled to share their now viral story with the world.
I just witnessed a boy, maybe about 6 or 7, accidentally spill a slushee everywhere. I'm talking blue and red goop all…
Kalynne Marie shared this story on her Facebook page and it’s quickly zipped across the globe, its viral momentum pushed along nicely by a very patient and lovely dad.
Kalynne explained that what initially looked like a cringeworthy disaster quickly became a teaching moment – and an opportunity for this dad to show his son that he was always ready to support him, and that others would too.
“I just witnessed a boy, maybe about 6 or 7, accidentally spill a slushee everywhere. I’m talking blue and red goop all over the floor, the table, everywhere,” Kalynne’s post began.
“The boy looked up at who I assume was his father, and immediately apologized. Instead of getting angry, his father just said ‘Hey, it happens. Let’s go get napkins and I can show you how to clean it up.’ Then they calmly went to get napkins and then he helped him clean the entire mess.”
“Hey, it happens”
Naw. What a good guy. Firstly, he put his own possible embarrassment aside to make sure his child felt supported. Secondly, he responded calmly and practically at a time when panic might have gripped many of us.
Kalynne says that while the pair were still in the moment, the dad briefly ran over strategies for preventing similar accidents, whilst reassuring his son that accidents are nothing to be ashamed of, either.
“Then, as they were throwing the napkins away, the father said to his son, ‘You’re going to be a human being for a long time, and you have such a smart brain that it’s important you learn how to be more aware of what you’re doing. So next time just be sure to pay more attention to your surroundings so accidents like this don’t happen. Accidents like these can be prevented, but it’s still okay if they happen. As long as you take responsibility for your mistakes, the clean up is a breeze.'”
“It’s always okay to ask for help”
Kalynne revealed she hung around a little longer to see what happened next. It seems this thoughtful dad continued to put himself in his son’s shoes, reassuring him that even in tricky times, he’s never alone. We’re all in this together, he explained:
“I know big messes seem overwhelming and you might feel like you can’t do it by yourself, but it’s always okay to ask for help. There is no problem with asking for help when you need it.”
“As soon as the father started helping his son clean up, I opened the Notes app on my phone and wrote what he said word for word, because I was so inspired by how he was handling the situation,” single mum of one Kalynne later told Babble.
She said she wrote the full father-son exchange into the ‘Notes’ section on her phone so she could refer back to it.
“I have no words. That is parenting done right,” she summed up. #Truth!