You’ve probably seen the now viral video of a Dad dragging his daughter through the airport by the hood of her coat with the caption, “Looks like this dad has reached his limit.”
I did, and my first thought as a parent was, “meh.”
I mean, a lot of thoughts went through my head, but mostly I was like – well we don’t really know the whole story, and a dad’s gotta do what a dad’s gotta do.
This might be a sign that I’ve been a parent 12 years, and have three kids, and have lost my cool a few times myself.
Looks like this dad has reached his limit ?Cred: ViralHog
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But, I’m not entirely sure this dad is pulling her around because he lost his cool.
Since the dad has not come forward to respond (probably for fear of being judged by all the sanctiparents of the world or even worse – the NON parents of the world) I’d like to give a few alternative ideas to what might actually be happening in this video.
The daughter just didn’t want to walk anymore
Traveling with kids is a sh*t show of epic proportions. And, sometimes they just give up. My youngest once ran back up a hiking hill to avoid walking the three more feet to the car.
When a kid decides they aren’t going to walk anymore, they aren’t going to walk. And, as a parent, what can you do? Get creative, I say. The child isn’t flailing, screaming, or in any pain as far as I can see. In fact, she appears to be as chill AF with her arms crossed peacefully like – “I FREAKING WON THIS ONE.”
The child asked to be dragged around like a rag doll
Kids are weird. They like to invent games out of boredom. And my bets are the child loved this little experiment and requested to be dragged on the germ infested airport floor by her hood because she was either A. bored or B. just plain tired of the whole airport experience. The truth is SHE was probably over it. Not the dad.
Dads (and moms) are great at improvising
As a mom, I’m not sure I’d drag my daughter in a public space anywhere for fear of getting called out, or reported for abuse. But, dads? Well, they seem to have a knack for improvising in parenting situations, and getting away with way more than moms ever could.
Have you seen how much people ooh and aah over dads in public? *eyeroll*
The big sister is back there trying to carry her bags and little sister’s and no one appears to be in a huge rush, so my guess is the dad was like, “I have to get from point A to point B with a child that no longer wishes to use her legs that the good Lord gave her, so I need to figure it out.”
And that he did. Seems like a legit dad plan to me. Frankly, it wouldn’t surprise me if a mom came up with it too.
As a parent, you learn not to judge other parents.
Yet, I would be the first to jump in and protect a child that looked like they were being harmed in some way. But, this video? I just don’t see it. I mean, there is a holiday wreath on the wall, and traveling during the holidays with kids is a whole other hellish experience.
Trust me, I just did it.
To me, it looks like a family that is just trying to get through an annoying day of airline travel with two children, and are doing the best they can to hold it all together. And, if this had been a mom, I would have all these same thoughts, too.
I was just relieved to see in the comment section that most parents felt the same.
Yes, there are some commenting about child abuse and better forms of discipline, because from the outside looking in, it’s easy to judge, but as a mom who has been through my fair share of hellish travel days with my kids?
My thoughts are, “Meh. I hope he made his flight on time.”