Dad brilliantly ended toddler's public tantrum in viral video watched by over 22 million people

Mary Scott
Dec 27, 2018
07:13 P.M.

Terrel Crawford wanted to teach his three-year-old a vital lesson after she threw a tantrum in Walmart. He ended up educating parents across the world and becoming an internet sensation.


The clip begins with Crawford and his daughter, Ari, in the parking lot. Ari sat on the car, still crying, and Crawford leaned in beside her, unperturbed by her wailing.

YouTube/Mr Rico Relz

YouTube/Mr Rico Relz

“Are you done?” he asked. “You gonna listen to the story and stop whining?”

The father then launched into a heart-to-heart discussion with his little girl, scolding her and explaining the reason for his action

"We’re not going back in the store until you stop with your mess. If we go back in the store and you do it again, we’re coming back out here to sit it out, and I ain’t moving until I wanna move.”

“We don’t have to walk around the store with your mom. That’s a privilege,” he finished.

YouTube/Mr Rico Relz

YouTube/Mr Rico Relz

Crawford, 29, addressed parents who spoil their kids because they experienced lack while growing up themselves.

"I don't care if you were raised with a silver spoon in your mouth, don't put one in your child's mouth because this is what happens," the licensed massage therapist said.

Ari finally calmed down and was allowed back into Walmart by her father who carried his little girl affectionately.

YouTube/Mr Rico Relz

YouTube/Mr Rico Relz


In an interview with News Journal, Crawford explained:

"I don't want her to think less of me because we're taking something away from her," Crawford said in an interview with the News Journal on Tuesday. "But she has to know that even everything we give her, they have to really deserve it."

He revealed that he had been beaten as a child and didn’t want that for his kids. He was tougher with his older kids, but with Ari, he was learning patience in parenting, something he implores every parent to learn.


Crawford did not expect the video to generate over 22 million views and expressed his shock, saying:

“It did something that I didn't really expect it to do. I guess I'm just overwhelmed with the blessing of all the positive energy.”


Another viral video of a toddler that went viral was that of Caidyn Bennett, the four-year-old who tackles insightful topics with a touch of humor.

Bennett's video of him telling people not to "touch a black man's hair" was shared multiple times across the internet.

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