Dad Gets His Son a 'Girly Princess Movie' to Show Moron Trying to Parent His Kid How Parenting Is Really Done

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smiley faceA supercool dad's Facebook post went viral, in which he describes an interaction he had with a "moron" at a Wal-Mart recently. Apparently, the dad and his little boy, Sam, were standing in the checkout line when Sam asked if he could have the Sofia the First DVD, which was on display nearby. The moron -- Dad's words, not mine (though I'd use that word, too) -- then decided to interject himself into the father-son conversation in order to tell Sam that Sofia the First is a "girl" movie, and it might make him grow up to be "funny". Dad, understandably, didn't like a complete stranger attempting to instill such an idiotic belief in his son, so he put the guy in his place. Here's a screenshot of the Facebook post that describes their interaction:

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Complete ignorance of this man aside, I'd like to know when it became okay to "momentary parent" a complete stranger's child. Just the other night, I witnessed a checkout woman in Home Depot scold a 3-year-old boy for attempting to run away from his mom (and by "run away", I mean "run five feet away"). The kid had already gotten a talking-to by his parents. Why this woman felt the need to interject herself into what was obviously a family issue was beyond me. If a child is doing something that could potentially put himself or another in harm's way, yes, of course, get involved. But scolding a random child in a store or telling them that a princess DVD is going to make them "funny" isn't anyone's business but the parent's.

Are some kids annoying? That would be a "yes". Just as we all probably were when we were younger. But here's the thing about other people's kids: You don't have to go home with them at the end of the night. By no means am I one of those people who thinks their children should be able to do whatever they want, whenever they want to, but if you have a problem with something a child is doing -- a real problem, not an aversion to their choice in movies -- talk to the parent. It probably won't go over well. But it's certainly more appropriate than talking to the kid.

Has anyone ever tried to "parent" your kid?


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LostS... LostSoul88

That is so cool! And something I would do. If my 3 yr old DS asked for a barbie, i would buy him one. When my DD was 2 we went to the store to buy her first barbie and she picked out Tiana, the princess and the frog doll. She LOVED that movie and still does. My MIL freaked, asking why would I buy a black doll her first doll. She told me I should have bought Cinderella or Aurora were more appropriate since my DD is white with blonde hair, grey eyes. 

I told my MIL that my DD does not see color of skin. My DD had a lot of Tiana stuff till Tangled came out now she's into that a little more but she still loves Tiana. 

amand... amandabananda

Love this!

I'm the same with DD, she's 2.  She's the only girl at her home daycare and I've had a few comments that she should play with other girls.  Who cares?  She is who she is and she likes playing and getting dirty.  Don't see how that would be different if she played with girls.

Mirleo92 Mirleo92

That Dad is the best Daddy! I love hearing how he put that geezer on check! My 3 year old son loves Sophia the First! We watch it all of the time. He likes Dora too, I have bought him Dora yogurts, cereal and bubbles. He likes pink too :) my husband and I have never told him those things are for girls. If he likes it we like it too. He also likes Cars, toy story and trains. I hate when labels are used on our innocent children. Way to go Walmart Daddy!!!

.LoVe... .LoVeMyBuG.

Love it, and the lady who bought him the movie lol. I don't have boys but recently my oldest daughter took an interest in the Avengers movie and characters, I bought her Avengers stuff for Christmas that she asked for, if that makes her turn out "funny" because she is into "boy stuff" then oh well, id rather her turn out "funny" than be a prick like that "moron" in Walmart. 

jrphelps jrphelps

I love this!  My son & I watch Sofia the First all the time on Disney.  It's one of the few cartoons that I can actually tolerate.  Probably because I enjoy Ariel Winter.

nonmember avatar MammaMel

The heck??? Some of my sons favorite movies are Cinderella, Tangled, Brave, and Beauty and the Beast! He is also OBSESSED with Wreck it Ralph, Toy Story, Cars and How to Train Your Dragon! Liking that stuff won't make a kid "funny" (I assume he meant gay?)...IF he is straight it will make him a great father to little girls b/c he can relate to them and was raised to accept and love everything! And if he is gay, it won't be because of anything I did but because it's who he is!

pippi311 pippi311

Way to go Dad! I wish more dads were like him!

lalab... lalaboosh

Love the dad and old lady! I don't love the bit about not helping parents when they're out. When I see kids disobey parents like the kid you saw in home depot I usually tell them they should mind their parents. The parents always appreciate the support.

Tory Marie

There is a point where I think it is okay to step in. We were at the library one time and a child was spitting in my daughter's face. I told him it is not nice to spit. His mother then came over and very rudely told me that she will parent her own child. I get this and I get that everyone has their own rules but who is allowed to spit at people? And regardless of what her rules are, her child is not to spit at my daughter or I WILL say something.

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