Dads have a very specific set of skills, including the ability to solve simple problems in impressively creative ways. More complex problems obviously require more complex solutions, but even the most minute issues aren’t safe from the “Fix It” center in a dad’s brain. Even more important than simply solving the problem is taking full advantage of moments your kids ask for help. Maybe you use it as a teachable moment to help your little one learn a new skill, or if you’re anything like this TikTok dad, you use it as an opportunity to bond.
Father and emcee beleafinfatherhood shared an adorable clip on TikTok that’s been viewed nearly half a million times since early May. The video touched hearts around the world, demonstrating a simple yet beautiful parenting moment that brought this father and son even closer.
The video opens with the TikTok dad explaining that sometimes, his son Uzi’s face gets itchy, “and dad’s beard is a place of relief.”
The little boy sits completely still as his dad gently nuzzles his face with his beard, before asking Uzi if his itchy face feels better. Uzi confirms that dad’s beard did the trick, then proceeds to rub his face against his smiling dad’s once again.
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“Once upon a time I felt there was a right way for a father to bond with a child,” continues the dad. “Now I know it doesn’t matter how everyone else does it. This is my way.”
Initially, Uzi’s dad may have used his beard to soothe his son’s itchy face. But now, nuzzled in his dad’s beard, Uzi finds comfort and security. “And as long as he’s good, that’s all that matters,” the dad concludes.
The comments filled with parents and non-parents alike who were moved by the father-son bonding ritual.
“Talk about a visual representation of parental love. This is beautiful,” remarked one user.
“Listen, it’s 7am sir…” commented another. “I didn’t sign up to cry and [miss] my grandfather like this… I used to do with his stubble.”
The video was moving in part because of its simplicity. It’s a touching reminder that there’s no right or wrong way to bond with your kids, and it doesn’t require much more than being fully present.