Stranger Shares Dad’s Perfect Response After His Son Spilled Slushee Everywhere And It’s Parenting Done Right

Parenting is an ordeal that can test even the most patient of us. There are no singular identifying moments but the amalgamation of daily triggers and stress factors are what push us to the limit.

Frustration gets the best of us at uncanny moments when children do exactly what they were wanred against doing. However, it is in those decisive moments that you can either choose to rise to the occasion or simply succumb to anger.

A powerful example of parenting done right has gone viral in a post shared by an onlooker. This is definitely something that can prove useful to all parents.

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Kalynne Marie was having a normal day sitting at her café table in a Target working by herself when she spotted a dad and his son walk in. A few moments later she witnessed the small kid spill his slushee and begin profusely apologizing to his dad.

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While describing the event in her port, Marie says: “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.”

How horrible must it have been watching your child spill the sticky contents of the drink you just purchased for him all over himself? The father’s reaction however defied all odds.

In her post, Marie says that once the boy was done apologizing, his dad responded in an exemplary manner. “Hey, it happens. Let’s go get napkins and I can show you how to clean it up.” Both father and son then went forward and got napkins to clean up the mess.

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Marie also added that as a single parent of a 2-year old she herself struggles with maintaining her cool in a manner similar to this dad.

“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,” she said.

What follows next is a real tear jerker. While disposing of the napkins, the father turned to his son and said: “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 cleanup is a breeze.”

Where are my napkins, my eyes are swimming!

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While leaving the store, Marie managed to add one more quote from the father that she overheard.

“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.”

Yet another inspiring message for both the child and every parent out there. Ending her post, Marie says, “I have no words. That is parenting done right.”

The internet fully agrees with her. Her post went viral and since then has accumulated 50K+ likes and shares. When asked about how she felt in regards to the overwhelming response, she said that it “surprised” her that such an interaction between a father and his son could be so inspiring.

“Being a parent is hard work,” she says. “Sometimes it’s difficult to remember that being a kid is also pretty hard work.” Marie hopes that the father gets to know how much he inspired her one day.

“I hope that he sees this post and realizes how powerful his actions truly were and how much of an impact they had on not only my life, but the lives of everyone who shared his story after me. If he sees this, I just want him to know how thankful I am for that.”


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