Terrel Crawford wanted to teach his three-year-old a vital lesson. She threw a tantrum in Walmart and the brilliant dad stopped it in its tracks in an exchange that he recorded. The video, shown below, went viral as parents around the world learned an important lesson.
In the viral video, Crawford and his daughter, Ari, were standing in the parking lot. Ari sat on the car, still crying from a tantrum she threw inside Walmart.
Crawford leaned next to the crying toddler. He remained calm and unaffected by her wailing as he started talking to her.
“Are you done? You gonna listen to the story and stop whining?” asked Crawford
When she replied that she was, he calmly began talking to her. In a heart-to-heart discussion, the father gently scolded the little girl and explained 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.” said the father, “We don’t have to walk around the store with your mom. That’s a privilege."
29-year-old Crawford then looked at the camera and spoke to parents who spoil their kids. He acknowledges that some spoilt their children because they experienced lack while growing up themselves but chastised them for doing so.
"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," said Crawford.
When his daughter, Ari calmed down and her dad allowed her to return to Walmart. He even carried her lovingly in his arms as they walked back.
"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." said the father in an interview.
The licensed massage therapist revealed that he had been beaten as a child. He did not believe that is the way to discipline children.
He said he was tougher with his older kids, but eventually learned patience in parenting. Crawford did not expect the video to go viral, he definitely did not expect it to get over 22 million views.
“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.” said Crawford
In another viral video of a toddler, Caidyn Bennett tackled insightful topics with a touch of humor. In Bennett's video, he tells people not to "touch a black man's hair."