"Slurpie Dad's" Life Lesson to Son Embodies Good Parenting

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The internet, just like life, is full of horror stories thanks to humanity's overabundance of terrible, awful parents.

Thankfully, this is not one of those stories.

This is the very well-circulated story of a father and his young son.

The son spills a slurpie, which is a nightmare of a mess at the best of times.

But the dad is super calm about it and, as they clean it up 

A woman who observed this, a young mother herself, shared it on Facebook.

And, well, it spread and spread to others as the touching story of good parenting spread across multiple social media platforms.

The original poster even shared an update -- and a selfie with the fabled good dad himself.

Responses included praise, doubt at the story's authenticity, and people fondly sharing their own memories of similar life moments.

But let's start with the original Facebook post:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Kalynne Marie is a mother herself

Kalynne Marie is a mother herself
Sometimes it helps to recognize good parenting if you're a good parent yourself.

2. Now for the story

Now for the story
Messes are zero fun.

3. Then comes the life advice:

Then comes the life advice:
That's ... really good. She probably paraphrased a little, but that's great to hear. Especially from a parent.

4. Time for the applause, applause, applause

Time for the applause, applause, applause
There aren't enough good parents in the world. The good ones should be celebrated.

5. And a follow-up

And a follow-up
That's good advice for adults, too.

6. And another follow-up, much later:

And another follow-up, much later:
We also have the selfie for you, below

7. The comments begin -- and they're even good!

The comments begin -- and they're even good!
Good comments? In THIS day and age?

8. So much love, indeed

So much love, indeed
It's nice to see a sweet story, you know?

9. Probably our favorite comment:

Probably our favorite comment:
Plenty of people who are patient and wise and great with kids don't have them. Plenty of people who shouldn't even be allowed near a houseplant have kids.

10. But then, of course, come the Debbie Doubters

But then, of course, come the Debbie Doubters
Debbie Doubters are the curiously named cousins of Debbie Downers.

11. People shared their own experiences

People shared their own experiences
If you've ever worked in a grocery store before, you know that spills happen. Even the most careful children are still learning.

12. Is this praise or shade?

Is this praise or shade?
We imagine that she made the Facebook post immediately after this happened, just like those viral stories we've seen of people livetweeting bad dates at neighboring tables.

13. Don't cry over spilled ... eggs

Don't cry over spilled ... eggs
It's good to not freak out when something breaks. Accidents happen, folks.

14. Some parents really needed to read this

Some parents really needed to read this
We're glad that she realized that it's just popcorn.

15. This is how you learn to human:

This is how you learn to human:
That's a great story. Also, milk is a PAIN to pour when you're only a few times the size of a gallon jug.

16. Sometimes, things happen in reverse

Sometimes, things happen in reverse
Hey, if we didn't have clumsy adults, what would our sitcoms look like?

17. And the selfie with the Slushie Dad, as promised

And the selfie with the Slushie Dad, as promised
We're glad that she saw him again. This is precious.

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