TikTok is still somewhat of a mystery to most of us over the age of 25, but that didn’t stop Jason Linton from finding his niche. While Jason was working as a teacher’s aide in a special education classroom, his students regularly talked about the newest TikTok dances and trends. In an effort to better relate to them, Jason took it upon himself to learn about the up-and-coming video platform. He expected his new knowledge would help him connect with his students, but he never anticipated the platform would change his life.
Jason created his first TikTok video about two years ago, and since then, the multitalented dad has accumulated nearly 8 million followers. Jason fuses his love of music with his love of parenting to create heartwarming TikTok videos, many of which feature one or more of his three kids.
The proud dad talks openly about adoption, cracking jokes about situations adoptive families regularly face. Strangers’ comments are no match for this dad’s wit. The levity Jason brings to ordinarily unpleasant situations is admirable – almost as admirable as the fact that he and his wife have fostered 11 kids over the years and adopted three.
@dadlifejasonwe are clearly twins ##Buffering ##fathersday ##sheesh♬ “Shake that A$$” by KueenD – koyuh
“I feel like a lot of people don’t really know what goes on behind foster and adoptive families, and as well as me and my wife being an interracial couple people have so many questions,” Jason told News Nation Now.
On top of nailing parenting humor, Jason uses his skills as a musician to entertain his millions of fans and bond with his family. Jason frequently pulls out his talkbox to create masterpieces that his kids enjoy just as much as his followers, and honestly, we can’t get enough.
@dadlifejasonThe right sound can bring so much peace. #arcade #losinggame #duncanlaurence #FriendsReunion #fatherdaughter♬ original sound – DadlifeJason
For those who’ve never seen one in use, a talk box is a tool that alters the sound of instruments. The musician places a tube in their mouth, creating electronic-sounding tunes that combine vocalizations with the sound of the instrument.
The success of Jason’s TikTok channel has been an empowering adventure. He’s tapped into a style of content that unites several aspects of his life, and the feedback he’s received from parents and non-parents alike reminds him daily that he’s doing something positive. Above all though, Jason is grateful for the opportunity to be a dad.
“Learning how to do life together has been an adventure,” Jason reflected, “and it’s been the most gratifying thing in my life.”