This is the hardest we’ve ever laughed while watching a toddler gaslight their parent
Anyone who’s ever parented a toddler knows that as they’re testing out their independence, they’re likely to tell a fib or two—just to see what they can get away with. A viral video of a potty-training toddler shows just that. But good luck getting through this video without cry-laughing while this toddler, sitting half-naked on the potty, desperately tries to convince his dad he didn’t poop (while the poop is, uh, right there).
Dani DeVito shared the Facebook video of her son, Matt, and husband, Greg, talking about what just happened. Matt is perched on top of the toilet, sans pants, swinging his rainbow-sock-clad feet in glee while Greg asks him if he pooped.
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“Wait you didn’t poop?” Greg asks.
“No, I peed!” Matt replies.
“I thought you pooped, too!” Greg says.
“I didn’t poop! I peed!” Matt yells, his voice becoming more and more insistent as the conversation goes on.
The back-and-forth continues, with Greg trying (and failing) to keep it together at his son’s indignant adamance. The video only gets funnier when Matt sees his dad crying tears of laughter, and his indignance immediately turns to concern.
“Are you sad daddy?” he asks, extending his little arms from his toilet throne to offer his dad a hug.
“I’m trying so hard to not laugh I’m crying,” Greg tells him. “You’re funny, you’re a really funny guy.”
The tears have a sobering effect on Matt, who briefly admits to his poop. But moments later, he’s back to his game, denying it ever happened.
In an interview with WVNews.com, the toddler’s parents said the whole interaction was a surprise to them.
“We don’t know where the voice came from. We have no idea,” Dani said. “He’s just a goofy kid. He says it all the time now because he’s randomly seen the video with us, but it’s not a normal occurrence by any stretch of the imagination.”
Greg added, “One of the things that I really, truly want to accomplish is to raise a kid who is compassionate and caring and takes others’ feelings and concerns into account.”
Looks like Matt is on the right track.