Toddler Standing on Dad’s Head Sparks Thread of Parents Mourning Personal Space

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Until you have kids, it’s impossible to know how wrong you were about what it’s like to actually be a parent. The boundaries you imagined setting for your future kids are laughable, naive dreams of someone who’s never had to calm a 2-year-old scream-crying because they aren’t a dinosaur. You used to whisper about the toddler having a nuclear meltdown in the middle of an Olive Garden, fully believing that your child would never. It’d be funny now, it would definitely be funny if you weren’t so exhausted.

Another fun surprise that comes with parenting is the complete lack of personal space, something you probably anticipated to a degree – but not like this. Twitter user 9bills recently shared a video that captured the adorably stifling phenomenon perfectly, so much so that it led to parents all over the world sharing their own experiences. In the video that’s been viewed over 1.2 million times in just two weeks, a clearly exhausted dad lays down with his toddler. And by “lays down with his toddler,” we mean dad is laying down, the toddler is standing directly on dad’s face. Obviously.

Before long, parents were sharing their very own hilarious videos featuring their own kids’ complete disregard for personal space.

You know what they say, when you fall off dad’s face, just gotta get right back on

It’s so easy to laugh when there’s no toddler standing on your face

Have kids, they said

That balance is honestly impressive

I’m so tired

Fortunately, other parents are always there to reassure you that everything is going to be ok.

Couple Shares Moving Story of Baby They Adopted After Finding Him in the Subway

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There’s a generally-understood meaning when people refer to one of their kids as a “surprise.” In most situations, your initial assumption would be absolutely correct. Danny Stewart and Pete Mercurio, however, are not your typical parents. And 20 years ago, their now adult son was certainly no typical surprise.

Danny Stewart boarded a New York subway on August 28, 2000, heading home to his partner as he’d done countless times before. While scanning the crowded subway, Danny noticed what he thought was a doll left behind by a distracted child. Upon closer inspection, Danny made a startling discovery – this was no baby doll laying haphazardly on the floor of the Chelsea subway, but an actual baby.

Fellow subway riders ignored the 34-year-old’s pleas to help find the baby’s parents, and it quickly became clear that his parents likely didn’t want to be found. The infant was wrapped only in a sweater, his umbilical cord still partially intact.

As Danny’s panic grew, he contacted the police but feared he sounded so frantic that they dismissed him as insane. Next, he contacted his partner.

“I found a baby,” he blurted out. “I don’t think the police believe me so call them please right now.”

Pete recalled the life-changing moment to BBC, stating that he immediately believed the seemingly unbelievable story. “Because Danny doesn’t joke, he wouldn’t say something if it wasn’t true.”

In record time, Pete made it to the subway before rushing Danny and the baby to a nearby hospital. When the police finally arrived to take their statements, the stunned couple left the baby in their care.

“I remember turning to Danny and saying to him on the sidewalk as the police car was driving away, ‘You know, you’re going to be connected to that baby in some way for the rest of your life,’” Pete said, not knowing at the time how true his statement was.

In December of that year, Danny was called to testify in court about the unforgettable day that happened four months prior. By some twist of fate, the city was experimenting with new protocols for abandoned children, a short-lived expedited adoption process that led the judge to ask Danny on the spot if he wanted to adopt the baby.

“Yes, but I don’t think it’s that easy,” he responded.

“Well, it can be,” the judge said.

Upon arriving home and excitedly revealing the news to his partner, Pete was furious. He hadn’t been consulted, and didn’t feel ready to become a dad. Even so, Pete agreed to go with Danny to meet the baby in his foster home.

“The baby squeezed my finger with his entire hand so hard,” Pete recalled. “He was just staring up at me and I was just looking at him, and it was almost like he found a pressure point in my finger that just opened up my heart to my head and showed me in that moment that I could be one of his parents, one of his dads.”

 

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The soon-to-be dads rushed home to create a proper nursery in their small New York apartment, preparing to bring their new son home just days before Christmas. They passed background checks, home inspections, and absorbed the information they learned in their parenting classes like sponges. A year later, the couple legally became Kevin’s dads.

 

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20 years later, Kevin is in college studying math and computer science. Pete wrote a book called “Our Subway Baby,” detailing the unusual story of how he and Danny became dads. And Danny? Well, he couldn’t be happier.

“I can’t imagine my life if it didn’t turn out this way,” Danny said. “My life has become much more enriched and full. It has changed my world view, my perspective, my whole lens.”

Dad Shares Advice on Helping Out With Breastfeeding in Viral Instagram Post

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While most information on breastfeeding is geared towards women, the process of naturally feeding a baby truly can be a team effort. Breastfeeding is an incredible thing, but it can be thoroughly exhausting, and there’s no reason dads can’t be involved. As traditional parenting roles are pushed to the side, research and literature are focusing more and more on involving dads in tasks previously recognized as a “mom’s job.” But if parenting has taught us anything, it’s an all-hands-on-deck process – and finally, it’s being recognized as such.

Muhammed Nitoto, the man behind the chroniclesofdaddy Instagram page, shared some wisdom for Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Nitoto paired his viral post with a photo of himself next to his thoroughly exhausted wife, her eyes closed as she breastfeeds their young baby. A familiar scene for any parent, but as Nitoto explains, dads are far from helpless.

“I figured I’d drop some knowledge on my fellow Dads and soon to be Dads,” Nitoto begins. “Here’s what it looks like for the first few weeks or months after your child is born. Yup if mom breastfeeds they pretty much are tucked like this and at times you’ll wonder ‘what is there for me to do?’ Here’s my top 5 tips for any Dad after your child is born.”

Offer to help with night feedings

Nitoto starts off simple, reminding dads that even if they aren’t doing the nighttime feedings, they can offer to help. A glass of water, a back rub – “The truth is most of the time she will say no,” he explains, “but just the fact that you offered will go far.”

Claim a feeding, any feeding

Next, Nitoto suggests claiming one feeding as yours every day if mom is willing to pump. That way, there’s no discussion of who does that feeding. Mom can relax, and you can bond with your baby one-on-one.

Don’t rush the process

Though breastfeeding can be challenging and exhausting at times, it’s also an extremely valuable bonding experience. It may be tempting to try to wean your baby off of nursing ASAP for mom’s sake, but it’s not that simple.

“I know everyone has a diffrent length of time they will breastfeed and as a Dad it’s hard to fully understand,” Nitoto explains. “Do not I repeat DO NOT try and rush this process it’s not our place and it’s not safe. You will open yourself up to a fight you can’t win.”

Be patient, Dad time is coming

This leads to Nitoto’s next point – it may seem like the early months are focused on mom and baby, but it won’t always feel that way. Becoming a dad is incredibly exciting, and you may feel a bit left out at times. But babies grow incredibly quickly, and before you know it, there will be more daddy time than you know what to do with.

If you can take paternity leave, do it

If you’re fortunate enough to have the option to take paternity leave, take full advantage. “You can always make money but there are no instant replays in life,” Nitoto says. “It doesn’t make you more of a man to not take the leave. It’s equally as important that you as a Dad get to be a part of the early development of your child.”

Boys Who Play Video Games Linked To Lower Risk of Depression

Video Games Lowers Depression Risk
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One of the craziest culture changes for Dads of a certain age has been the attitude towards gaming. Once the scourge of pearl-clutchers everywhere, video games were blamed for everything from falling grades to violent crimes. Now, we have professional gamers, Dad gamers, proof that playing together with your kids is good, and more.

The latest is a research study that found boys who regularly play video games at age 11 were less likely to develop depression years later. The study, published by Psychological Medicine, found that boys who played video games most days had 24 percent fewer depression symptoms three years later than boys who rarely played video games. This finding was most significant among boys with low activity levels, so it’s not suggesting you can’t make your kids run around all day in the backyard if that’s what they like to do.

What it IS saying, though, is that if you have a kid that’s not super active, playing video games is not a bad recreation. They’ve been proven to help problem-solving skills and have added social and cooperative benefits. Video games aren’t bad anymore, is the point.

Caveat; anything can be bad in excess, obviously if your kids are playing 18 hours of Fortnite a day, that *may* be something to look into. But if your kid likes some gaming time, well join the dang club.

“While we cannot confirm whether playing video games actually improves mental health, it didn’t appear harmful in our study and may have some benefits,” the lead author of the study said. “Particularly during the pandemic, video games have been an important social platform for young people.”

Video games can benefit the mental health of children is the takeaway. But let’s not think they are just for kids, as the many, many people of The Dad Gaming Group can tell you, those mental health benefits are out there for anyone who can get in some quality time on Rocket League, Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, FIFA, Red Dead Redemption II, or whatever your distraction of choice may be.

Encourage your kids to be active, sure, have screen time rules, of course. But also remember, no matter what people in their 60s say, it’s not the devil.

Dad With Alzheimer’s Has Touching Reaction to Daughter’s Pregnancy News

Dad with Alzheimer's reacts to daughter's pregnancy
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Watching a loved one struggle with Alzheimer’s is one of the most heartbreaking things imaginable. While most diseases have primarily physical impacts, Alzheimer’s chips away at the very things that define the people it affects. The degenerative nature of the disease means that it gets worse over time, and tragically, the very person who once made you the center of their world sometimes fails to recognize you entirely.

A TikTok user named Olivia Salza knows the challenges that come with Alzheimer’s all too well, as her father Joe was diagnosed when he was just 55 years old. In an emotional clip Salza shared on TikTok, she visits her now 63-year-old dad in the hospital to share some life-changing news.

@oliviasalzaTelling my dad who has Alzheimer’s that we’re pregnant after a 3 year fertility struggle ❤️ ##fyp ##alzheimersfight ##fertilityjourney

♬ original sound – Olivia Salza

Olivia and her husband Nick wanted desperately to have a baby, and after three years of struggling with infertility, the couple got the news they’d been longing to hear. Olivia was pregnant, and she couldn’t wait to tell her dad.

Upon entering the hospital, Olivia asks her dad if he knows who she is – a heartbreaking question that no child should ever have to ask their parent. Fortunately, Joe is lucid. He even jokingly confuses his daughter with Nick, her husband, before chuckling at his admittedly well-played prank.

“I have a big secret,” Olivia says, swearing her dad to secrecy before unveiling her incredible news. “I’m pregnant.”

In that moment, it’s as if Joe and Olivia are having a father-daughter moment like any typical father and daughter. There is no hospital, no disease, just a dad crying tears of joy at the news that he’s going to be a grandpa.

“Oh my god” he mouths quietly before marveling at the fact that Nick, Olivia’s husband, will finally have a baby of his own. “What he doesn’t know — of the cradle of that person,” Joe says as cradles his arms, perhaps remembering when he held his own daughter years ago.

“What you’ve done for me my whole life,” Olivia says as her voice catches in her throat.

“But that’s what we do,” Joe responds lovingly.

Even when times aren’t ideal, even when life hands you challenges you never could have anticipated, dads like Joe do everything in their power to give their kids the world. Joe and Olivia’s bond is almost tangible, and though the last several years certainly haven’t been easy, nothing comes between a dad and his daughter.

Dad Immediately Regrets Trying Toddlers’ Favorite Bizarre Food Combos

Dad tries gross toddler food combos
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It often feels like toddlers are some sort of other-world species doing their best human impressions. Actually, aside from the “other world” thing, that’s basically what toddlers are. They have all of the equipment to become humans, but none of the software. Toddlers wobble around absorbing information, learning from the people around them what it means to act like a person. The most beautiful thing about toddlers is just how little they understand about judgment from others – it’s a sort of freedom that leads them to do absurd things daily because, well, who cares?

Twitter user dadmann_walking zeroed in on one aspect of toddlerhood that leaves parents around the world completely baffled – their eating habits. Toddlers are in a constant phase of experimentation, doing whatever the heck they want to figure out the world around them. But somehow, even with that intense curiosity, toddlers are picky as heck when it comes to the foods they’re willing to eat. Parents regularly throw up their hands and cave to their little ones’ whims (within reason), happy that they’re at least eating something.

Dadmann_walking figured that maybe, just maybe, these toddlers were onto something. The father of three turned to Twitter with an odd request, one he quickly regretted.

“Tell me some really weird food combinations that your toddlers have eaten,” he wrote, “and i will choose some and make a video of me eating these things.”

According to his Twitter bio, dadmann’s youngest is six years old. He’s far removed from the toddler years and clearly hasn’t caught a kid drinking ketchup straight from the bottle in a while. The replies quickly poured in, and uh, they’re not pretty.

Haha

Hahaha

Hahahaha

Ok, well now I just feel bad

Like an absolute champ, this dad kept his word. But first, he had to get some supplies.

In a two-part stomach-churning series, dadmann came through. “None of these foods should go together,” he begins. “None of them.”

Completely exasperated, he digs in. Hot dogs dipped in blueberry yogurt, so many things dipped in ketchup, banana dipped in ranch dressing, a peanut butter and mustard sandwich – understandably, he can’t even get most of these combos down. But the point is he tried, and for that, we’re both proud and horrified.

Watch at your own risk.
Part 1

And (ugh) part 2

Parents of Five Kids Adopt Seven Siblings After Their Parents Die in a Car Crash

Parents adopt seven siblings whose parents died in car accident
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Being a child in foster care is never easy, but when you’re separated from your siblings, the situation becomes increasingly heartbreaking. The sad reality is that most kids are placed in separate foster homes from their siblings, and when they’re adopted, they’re often adopted without their biological brothers and sisters. It takes a special kind of person to take in multiple foster children, and it takes parents with enormous hearts to keep families together by adopting siblings.

Most of us scroll absentmindedly through Facebook, liking and commenting and even responding with the cry-face emoji if the situation is particularly heartbreaking. But Pam Willis is no ordinary Facebook user, and she’s certainly no ordinary parent. In January of 2019, Pam saw a post on Facebook detailing the story of seven siblings who had been in foster care for over a year after the unimaginable happened – the seven kids who ranged from 12-years-old to just 1-year-old lost both of their parents in a horrifying car accident.

“I can’t explain it — I just knew I was supposed to be their mom,” Pam told TODAY Parents.

Heartbroken for the trauma the young kids experienced and determined to help, Pam tagged her husband Gary in the post. The couple is no stranger to parenting, with five kids of their own and several foster kids over the years. Even so, Pam was certain her husband would think she’d lost her mind. The kids were already in foster care, so taking them in wouldn’t be temporary.

 

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“That evening I asked my husband if he’d seen the post,” Pam wrote on Instagram. “’Yes,’ he said. ‘We should adopt them.’ My heart stopped. ‘We should,’ I said…We knew deep inside that this mission was being placed before us. If not us, then who?”

The couple called the number included in the article and quickly realized they weren’t the only ones touched by the seven siblings’ ordeal. Thousands of calls had come in about the siblings, couples stepping up to give the kids the life they deserved. Sometimes though, things are just meant to be. Their last child had just left their six-bedroom home, leaving the couple with a lot of space and a huge amount of love to give. Two months later, Pam and Gary were matched with the children who so deeply touched their hearts.

“They were ours from the minute we saw their faces on the news story,” Pam wrote in an Instagram post. “If you ask my friends, one moment we were reposting their heart wrenching news story and calling attention to their plight, the next minute we were meeting them, falling in love, and starting the adoption process. They moved in ‪June 7th.‬”

 

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June 7th of 2019, Pam and Gary began a new chapter. The road wasn’t easy, and helping the kids cope with trauma was an ongoing process. It took time, care, and consistency to help the seven siblings realize they were safe in their new home. Prior to the car accident that took their lives, the siblings’ parents struggled with addiction and homelessness. The kids often didn’t know if they’d have a place to sleep or food to eat, so Pam and Gary’s home felt almost unbelievable.

“One night, my then-7-year-old came into our room,” Pam recalled. “I asked her, ‘Did you have a bad dream?’ And she replied, ‘No, I just wanted to make sure that you were still here.’”

In August of 2020, Pam and Gary took another important step in showing their kids that they weren’t going anywhere, that their family was forever. In a virtual ceremony attended by all 12 of the couple’s children, they officially adopted their seven sons and daughters.

 

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Watch Gordon Ramsay’s Daughter Pull off an Epic Prank on Him

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If there’s been one big change in parenting over the last year, it’s the willingness of dads to indulge their children in Tik Tok requests. It doesn’t matter how famous you are either, as we learned this month when famous TV angry chef man Gordon Ramsay appeared on his daughter’s Tik Tok for a “magic trick.” Except this trick was less of the magic variety, and more of the straight-up prank variety, as 19-year-old Tilly Ramsay went for it and left her famous dad with egg on his face, literally.

The setup is simple, Tilly claims she can make an egg disappear by balancing it on a bottle of water. After using some sleight of hand to remove the egg, he leans over the bottle of water to see where it is. She then squeezes the bottle, splashing her dad in the face. And then the egg makes its reappearance, now in her hand and being smashed over his head.

After hitting him with the prank, she took off running, presumably forever. In the Tik Tok she posted, she said she was still running far, far away, which would be my strategy too if Gordon Ramsay was my dad.

 

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The famous TV food guy shared it on his Instagram, saying someone did the dishes in their household last night. A paltry punishment for total humiliation, but also a sign of being a good dad, when you’re willing to play the total mark for your kid’s enjoyment. The clip has been viewed more than 15 million times.

However, this cannot stand as the end, as any good prank war veteran can tell you, the first battle is only the beginning. And Gordon owes it to dads everywhere to take back the upper hand.

‘Being a Dad Is the Center of Everything’ Says Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy on Being a Dad
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Eddie Murphy seems like a busy man. Fresh off “Coming 2 America”, Murphy is talking about returning to stand-up. There are also other movie projects in the works and things he’d like to do, but his days of being “Hollywood busy” are over, now replaced by a much more gratifying role; dad. In a recent interview, he called being a dad “the center of everything.”

“The whole idea of being out there and doing three movies a year, that shit is over,” he said. “Along the way I realized that if you put your children first you never make a bad decision.”

And Murphy has a LOT of children to put first, as he has 10 total, running the gamut from ages 2 to 31. He’s even a granddad too. And while Murphy said family takes precedence over career, sometimes the two do merge, as his daughter Bella had a role in “Coming 2 America,” which he called a proud papa moment.

The famous comedian said when you hit a crossroads moment, asking what is best for your kids and letting that guide you is the only way to never make a bad decision. He also said he’s been really blessed with his kids, in that he doesn’t have “one bad seed.”

 

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“I don’t have any of that. My kids are so great, normal people, and nobody is like the Hollywood jerk kid,” he said. “They are smart and trying to do stuff. I really, really got lucky.”

Murphy turns 60 in April and was recently inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame after 40 years of making movies. Murphy’s not done, either, but show business isn’t the primary driver for him anymore, as the Dad business takes center stage.

Son Defeats Dad on the Sidelines of NCAA Tournament Showdown

Dad Coaching Against Son
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A thrilling NCAA tournament is down to the championship game, and the Final Four gave us one legendary game and one Father v. Son showdown (between assistant coaches, but still).

If the Final Four isn’t dramatic enough, we had a Dad coaching against his son with a national championship berth on the line. Alvin Brooks is an assistant coach at Houston, and his son, Alvin Brooks III, is an assistant coach at Baylor. Houston is in its first Final Four since 1984, and faced Baylor, in their first Final Four in 70 years, for a spot in the title game. And it was son and Baylor who came out on top of Dad and Houston, as Baylor advanced to face Gonzaga in the national title game.

Still, the fact that both got to face each other in the Final Four was a special story. The son shared the cool family moment when he hugged his dad with pride after Baylor’s win to get them to the Final Four.

“I am coaching against my pops in the Final Four. Everyday I would say I can’t wait to see what God have in store. This is a big moment for our family!” he wrote.

The Brooks family did NOT take sides in Saturday’s game, as they had special shirts created that split down the middle, so they can support both.

And, for a coach’s son, Alvin said his dad never pushed him to the sport.

“It allowed me to grow and do what I love to do,” he told reporters. “I actually never wanted to be a coach, so he never really brought me around the gym as much because he wanted me to be a kid and enjoy it organically.”

There was a lot on the line Saturday for Dad and son, but no matter the outcome, the special moment can best be summed up by dad, who shared the video saying “ALL LOVE!”

LinkedIn Adds Titles Like “Stay-at-Home Dad” to Explain Employment Gaps

LinkedIn adds new titles to explain resume gaps
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Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs out there, but stay-at-home parents often face roadblocks when trying to re-enter the paid workforce. Being a parent is a full-time job, and many two-parent households opt to have one parent stay home to care for the kids rather than paying for childcare. A huge amount of work goes into being a stay-at-home parent, but taking on that role is oftentimes viewed as a luxury.

It’s easy for those who have never taken care of kids and a household full-time to think it’s “not a real job” – what they fail to see, however, is the fact that there are no breaks. You’re perpetually juggling multiple things at once, your days are filled to the brim with work that needs to get done, and it’s not even a paid gig. Due to COVID, many parents have been forced to work and parent from home. Though the circumstances were less than ideal, it brought to light just how much work it takes to run a household, and it drove LinkedIn to take action.

Over the next few months, LinkedIn will be rolling out changes to the way it allows users to present themselves to potential employers. The professional networking site is adding new job titles to help users explain gaps in paid employment, many of which reflect parenting and caregiving roles. Users will be able to add titles like “stay-at-home-dad,” “caretaker,” and even simply “mom” or “dad” to their resumes, letting employers know that resume gaps were filled with a different type of work.

Previously, site users entered a job role to their employment profile which was linked to a specific company. That field will be optional in the future, so there’s no need to include the 3-year-old CEO of Stay-At-Home Dad Inc. on your resume. LinkedIn is also helping normalize the ebb and flow of career paths, allowing users to explain their resume gaps with options such as “parenting leave” or “sabbatical.”

Parenting and careers should not be mutually exclusive. For anyone who has left the job market for a period of time, re-entering the working world is exceedingly difficult. LinkedIn is taking steps to break down those barriers, validating the work that goes into parenting and making employment gaps feel less detrimental. Hopefully, the decision to become a stay-at-home parent is made easier with the knowledge that it doesn’t mean the end of your professional career.

‘Don’t Bet on Me at the Masters,’ Says PGA Dad-To-Be Who Plans To Be at Birth

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PGA pro Jon Rahm has a simple message for fans as he prepares for the Masters: don’t bet on me. Wait, what? Yep, that’s the take-home from Rahm heading into the biggest tournament of the year, but there’s a pretty dang good reason for it; he’s about to become a dad.

His wife is due with their first child in mid-April, around the same time as the Masters, and the pro was unequivocal in what came first.

“If anybody’s thinking of betting on me on the Masters, maybe think about it twice because there’s a chance I have to just turn around and leave that week,” the Spaniard said.

The Masters is April 8-11, near the due date for their child. And he already said he will not hesitate to leave so he can be with her for the birth.

 

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“I’ve said it before, if I have to leave any event, I’ll leave,” he said. “Hopefully, it doesn’t come when I’m in the final and I just have to leave after nine holes, but it is what it is.

“Being a father is much more important than any golf event would ever be, so that’s my head right now.”

 

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Boom. Being a father is much more important than any golf event would ever be, definitely the angle you love to see from a pro who can keep things in perspective. And it’s not like he’s just saying that because he has no chance. Rahm has finished in the top 10 at the Masters three times, including a fourth-place finish a few years back.

Every dad can appreciate the majesty of the greatest golf course in the world in Augusta, just as they can understand skipping that so they can be a caddy for the biggest event of all, becoming a dad.

Dad Mics up Skiing 2-Year-Old and Overhears Her Adorable Commentary

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Instilling confidence and perseverance in your kids is a challenge, one made even more difficult by the fact that it’s hard to tell how much they’re internalizing. Perseverance is especially important when it comes to learning new skills, which can be both exciting and potentially stressful for kids. Some may stick with it as they fail repeatedly, while others give up after a single misstep. While teaching his 2-year-old daughter to ski, father of three Erich Leidums used a brilliant strategy to figure out what was going through her head.

Leidums is an avid skier, and hitting the slopes with his family is quality time he values deeply. After successfully teaching his two boys to ski, Leidums wanted to make one small change to his instructional strategy when it came to his youngest.

“I once saw a hockey dad mic up his son at a hockey practice. It was that video that made me think about putting a microphone on our kids,” he told POPSUGAR. “We would often hear our boys babble and talk out loud as they learned to ski, and we loved hearing them do it. It took me a while to actually purchase a mic, learn how it works, and incorporate it into my filming workflow.”

After attaching a microphone to 2-Year-old Adia and filming her impressively navigating the snowy slopes, Leidums made an adorable discovery. Like many toddlers, Adia’s internal monologue was – well, not entirely internal. The thoughts that popped into her head as she skied downhill ranged from constructive to downright hilarious and this tech-savvy dad managed to capture it all.

“I’m making my lines!” The 2-year-old proudly says, nailing the lesson her dad taught her. “I love going over that root,” she marvels. “Oh, ice! Going over you ice, going around you ice.”

“Hi one-eyed monster,” Adia says happily, out of freaking nowhere. The toddler makes adorable sound effects as she zooms down the hill, fully embodying what it means to be a “little ripper.” She conquers obstacles and ski conditions that would be difficult for adults, and does so with enthusiasm and confidence.

 

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Erich Leidums’s Instagram page is filled with adorable videos of Adia, as well as clips of the rest of his family enjoying their time being active together. “Playing in the dirt, having the sun hit your face, and getting exercise all have physiological health benefits ranging from immune to mental health,” Leidums explained. “We want our kids to be healthy and active, and we feel playing outside is one of the best ways to achieve this.”