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Funniest Video I’ve Seen in a Long Time.

I’m pretty sure this was me when I was a kid.

Thanks to Samantha for sending me that one. I laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed and then took a breath (an almost impossible task) and then laughed and laughed and laughed some more.

Kids really are the best actors.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

438 comments
raynebair
raynebair

Such a drama queen! Seems like something my daughter might do. Thanks for sharing.

jesselaine1234
jesselaine1234

I thought it was hilarious!! Thanks for sharing!

guest
guest

It was not funny. It was disturbing, The child needed a spanking for lying.

 

Patricia
Patricia

Poor kid, I get tired like that.  Good on the Dad for not being impatient! and for holding his ground.

Naturally Down To Earth
Naturally Down To Earth

oh my! haha. I really think this will be Maddox in a couple of years. I can't wait :)

Susanna Ferrar
Susanna Ferrar

I still feel like that about the dishes... well, not so much the dishes, but if anyone wants me to use a vacuum-cleaner....

DebbieWilliams
DebbieWilliams

It was hilarious, for sure. Annoying, too :). As far as the people worried about publicizing the child's "anguish" (Sarah Bernhardt, anyone?), you must never have watched "Funniest Home Videos". 

Sometimes while raising my son (who just turned 31), I would have liked a little perspective from the Dad in this video. All of life's little moments are not world-altering, though it can feel like it when you've just about had enough of a 2-3-4-5...year old. Seeing this would have made me laugh, sigh, and go back to parenting with a little more  of that "OK, I can get through this, just breathe and deal!". It is FUNNY, darn it! Laugh it up, you need it!

TwinWithTwins06
TwinWithTwins06

Kudos to Dad for keeping his cool throughout the whole ordeal. This has happened SEVERAL times to me -- with six kids, it can't be avoided -- and there's been a few times I've lost my cool and raised my voice. It's a lot funnier, though, when you see someone else's kid do it. hahaha

AimeeDiaz
AimeeDiaz

OMG that was hilarious!!!!! That brings new meaning to dramatic!

Heather Young
Heather Young

Seriously!? There were people who had a problem with this video, why? Give that Dad 10 Million COOL POINTS for sticking to his guns and not giving in to the tantrum....she was sleepy and it was obviously her bedtime! ("fist bump" for the parents who don't cave in)

tomiannie
tomiannie

Yeah, I can attest that this was you as a kid... And me, too.  I have a very distinct memory of sitting in the middle of the toy-strewn family room of our CA house, wailing at the top of my lungs because it was juuuuust toooooooooo haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaard!

Leesh Quinn
Leesh Quinn

Too funny! Think a few too many people have their "over-sensitive" pants on ;) Lighten up! If we run to snuggle our kids everytime they cry are we reaching them to deal with heir emotions? Is that allowing them to find strength? Or are we showing then that mummy is always here to cuddle away anything in their lives that makes them sad. Reality check people!!! Kids cry, they are emotional. Better to teach them to find humor in things, I think.

Mandy Jo
Mandy Jo

LOL, good Dad making her follow through ;)

LeeAnne Vinzant
LeeAnne Vinzant

lighten up, he wasn't pointing at her and laughing in her face and telling her she sucked. he was merely videotaping her response to him making her do the right thing. she was probably so into her tantrum that she didn't even notice him videotaping her!

Melissa Johnson Pero
Melissa Johnson Pero

I don't understand why people are saying the father was making fun of this child or minimizing her emotions. LISTEN to him on the tape. He is encouraging, patient, and firm with her. He never laughs, mocks her or even says anything negative. I think people are feeling some personal emotions and not even listening or watching closely. SHE isn't even genuinely upset for the majority of the time. She gets the most upset once she's completed the task because she didn't get her way! Sheesh!

Emma Combes
Emma Combes

agree with Jess, if a husband posted a video of his wife upset and crying in order to make people laugh, he would be seen as mean and possibly abusive. Why is it ok to do this to a child? We've had sexism, racism but people still havent caught onto 'adultism'.

Jess Cantrell
Jess Cantrell

Not loving it. Don't find it funny- whether YOU find his reasons valid or not, this child is UPSET, and emotions are to be valued and taken seriously. If you were this upset about something- would you want someone to minimize and take it as a joke? And yes, I do have kids. A toddler. Who is the same age. And sometimes acts the same way.

Alicia Marie Escobar
Alicia Marie Escobar

Dad was awesome... calm and firm! I've had the same scenarios with mine from time to time; along with "broken legs" lol I can't see how any rational human being could see anything negative or harmful here. Geeesshhh! Kudos to this dad and to you too Dan!

Alicia Marie Escobar
Alicia Marie Escobar

Dad was awesome... calm and firm! I've had the same scenarios with mine from time to time; along with "broken legs" lol I can't see how any rational human being could see anything negative or harmful here. Geeesshhh! Kudos to this dad and to you too Dan!

Katie Harshman
Katie Harshman

It's comments like all of these that make me realize why we lose so many friends when we become parents. :(

Katie Harshman
Katie Harshman

It's comments like all of these that make me realize why we lose so many friends when we become parents. :(

Beth Tomlinson
Beth Tomlinson

Can completely relate to this video. My oldest son is now 4 but, when he gets in the mood he can be a complete drama king. People need to lighten up, kids are funny especially in cases like this when they're not trying to be. It's always funny to me the people that criticize parents when they follow through on punishments etc. Because, they're the same people that will claim "problem with kids today are parents aren't parenting". You can't have it both ways!

LyndraHearnAntonson
LyndraHearnAntonson

I've often said that parenting is the hardest job in the universe and I give parents a lot of credit! I'm sure all parents are the recipients of unsolicited advice and it's really annoying. I haven't raised human kids this time around, but I was a former psychotherapist with a special interest in struggling kids and teens. I thought the father handled his little girl very calmly and lovingly. At the same time, my heart went out to her. Her thumb-sucking and blanket-grabbing seemed legitimate “I still want to be a baby” behaviors. Who amongst us hasn't resisted growing up at one time or another?!

KellyA
KellyA

i felt like my life was on the right course, but then somehow it got derailed.  i started doing heroin, i started prostituting myself. i just didn't care.  i was spiraling out of control.  then i realized it... back once when i was three, my dad made me carry my bowl to the sink.  and instead of helping me when i was in distress, instead of stopping to hug and console me, he just stood there not helping.  that was the pivotal moment of my life. it was all downhill from there.

Sue in Michigan
Sue in Michigan

I just scanned through comments and didn't get a chance to read many negative ones, but from the conversation, they are obviously there. I feel this dad handled the situation in a very developmentally appropriate way, talking to and encouraging the child all the way through it, helping her to own the accomplishment by not praising, but acknowledging her success at something that she was obviously physically capable of doing. He didn't scold, he encouraged. For those who say she needed a time out or spanking: I believe that young children need behavior SUPPORT - not punishment to gain the self esteem and ability to communicate their frustrations instead of having a melt down. By punishing or coddling this child, he would have eliminated the outcome: SUCCESS. As far as posting this video for the world to see....there is no name attached to this, this is just a random child to viewers and hopefully, in years to come, this little gal will get a chuckle herself out of watching it! I laughed...it's FUNNY - especially to those who have experienced similar meltdowns and have lived to talk about it! But more importantly, it's a great example of how it's ok to hold children accountable - when the task is developmentally appropriate! - and remaining calm and positive through these moments, providing encouragement and acknowledging success all help to support children's development! Thanks, Dan, for sharing -- and thanks to the parent for providing us with a little giggle - keep up the positive parenting - she'll thank you in a decade or so!! :)

jkbee
jkbee

They MUST show that video at her wedding rehearsal dinner!

amlykken
amlykken

That was awesome.  I didn't read much of the negative comments, more the responses to the negative comments.  I thought it was hilarious!  I think parenting styles come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the parent and the child.  At the end of they day if your child is well balanced and knows they are loved then you are doing a great job. Some of the things I have done as a parent would've shocked me if I'd been told I would do them before my kids were born.  I think it's important to be creative and improvise while parenting, and find humor where you can. Otherwise you'd go crazy!  When my youngest was around 2 she would throw the most awful tantrums.  You would think she was having a seizure.  She would roll around on the floor screaming and crying until she had no breath, her face turning purple.  One day my husband came home while she was in the middle of one of these epic scenes.  I was sitting on the couch, pretending to read my book.  My husband looked at me dumbfounded thinking there was something wrong with her and I wasn't doing anything about it (he'd never seen her do this).  I calmly looked up and said "Don't worry, it'll be over in a minute."  Then I went back to "reading".   Mouth wide open, my husband stepped over her, walked into the kitchen and said "Ooookaaay..."  

AmySeger
AmySeger

Wow. So if an adult raises a concern about something they see with a child's rearing, they're being overly dramatic, judgmental and getting 'offended' over the slightest thing. But it's perfectly fine for other adults to interpret what those who raised concerns were feeling & judge them. Way to go. FYI: If you look at the comments I posted earlier & think I was offended or being judgmental - you're projecting. Maybe ya'll should take a step back and stop attacking those parents who happen to have A DIFFERENT OPINION THAN YOURS. That's all it is - a different opinion. But you make it appear that we are coddling our children and making sure that they won't be productive members of society when they're grown. While I don't do things the way the dad in the video did, my daughter knows that throwing a fit won't change the expectations I have of her. She knows that there are certain things around the house that are her responsibility & as she gets older the amount of responsibility increases. She also knows that there are consequences for her actions. Lastly, because I *do* give her time to express her feelings (with words, not tantrums) and comfort herself, she's learning how to manage her emotions. Just because I disagree with you doesn't mean I don't have a well-behaved child & one that will be able to cope physically and emotionally as an adult.  

Ashia
Ashia

That was awesome! My kids can be the same way. As a parent, you have to laugh at the overly dramatic way kids act.

I love that the dad didn't give in and pick up the bowl. Kids need to have their little responsibilities, and I think this dad is great for enforcing it (and doing it calmly without yelling, as many of us parents do).

RachelMarcheseRoberts
RachelMarcheseRoberts

Absolutely love this.  Oh my gosh, all 4 of our older kids (ages 9-15) went through these things, and now they really get a kick out of seeing how silly they were as babes sometimes.  :)  Great job to this dad for handling it so calmly.  We've all been there, and that can really be tough at times!

Beth
Beth

This was quite funny.  My almost 7 year old was watching with me and said "she's being dramatic!"  I asked her how she knew and she said "because I do that to!"  HaHa!  All kids go through this at some point, and it's actually good for them to see what they look like when they are in the middle of a tantrum.  I used to make my daughter look at herself in the mirror so she could see what others saw when she was throwing a fit, she would stop pretty quick after that and we would then be able to talk about what was bothering her. 

Momma2DoubleJandBaby
Momma2DoubleJandBaby

Well I loved the video...sad to see the negativity towards the father that so many people had. This little girl will be FINE...not emotionally scarred from having to put her own bowl and spoon in the sink even if she was overtired. I hope I can be as calm as her father if I face this situation with my youngest daughter...we have some time before we'll be there...she's only 3 1/2 months now.

Heidi
Heidi

That's awesome!  It reminds me of my daughter.  This is so typical of kids.  Great job to the dad who lovingly encouraged his daughter to clean up.  She will grow up to be an understanding, confident young lady who will laugh at herself one day AND more than likely be a more compassionate mother because of it.  I love parents who can chuckle at these moments instead of physically or emotionally letting loose on them. 

RachelMarcheseRoberts
RachelMarcheseRoberts

LOL  Sure - then she could be taught that when someone she loves doesn't do what she wants, she just needs to hit them and overpower them.  That's a great lesson I'm sure you would have taught this kid.  Congratulations!  You're what's wrong with the world!

kathleen z
kathleen z

 @Dominique0724

 now I have this song stuck in my head...I'm walking with my pants off...I'm walking with my pants off.......LOL..that was awesome!!

 

PeggyTucker
PeggyTucker

 @KellyA hahahahahahahahaha i just laughed for ten hours at this comment.  it is funnier than the video!

SingleMomOf3
SingleMomOf3

 @amlykken  You just made me laugh so hard I spit water over my keyboard! I can just vision your story... and I've been there many times. Of course, my kids are teens now so I have a whole new experience. :-)

SingleMomOf3
SingleMomOf3

 @AmySeger I agree that many parents discipline/teach their kids in different ways. I also agree that if it works, and the behavior ceases, then it is the right thing. I don't even parent all three of my kids in the same manner, because what has worked for one doesn't necessarily work for another. I all for allowing them to experience their 'mistakes' and learn from it naturally whenever possible, and it doesn't cause an issue for anyone else. I am there for them for support and guidance.  I don't 'punish', I merely allow consequences to occur, and at times those consequences are simply a removal of a privilege that I allow them to have. I also allow my kids to speak their feelings - calmly and with respect - and I will listen as long as they do so.

AmySeger
AmySeger

And what really sucks is that I love reading the blogs that Dan puts out. They are usually thought-provoking and worded well. But after multiple times of having my motives questioned severely by complete strangers, I am tempted to stop reading any of it - just so I don't have to deal with the backlash of having commented with a different opinion than someone else.

amlykken
amlykken

 @SingleMomOf3 Mine are teens too.  The one I told the story about still throws tantrums, but in a more "mature" way now. LOL  (I'd honestly rather have her at the two year old level sometimes.  Easier to ignore. hahaha)