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A Clarksville, Tennessee, father indulged his toddler’s babbling in a video that went viral this week. Their conversation was anything but one-sided.
The video, posted to Facebook by the child’s mother Shanieke Pryor on June 4, shows her son having a full conversation with his father, Deztin Pryor, while watching television.
“He needs his own show,” Shanieke Pryor wrote in her original post.
The video was reposted to Twitter by @_11Remember_. Users tweeted about Deztin Pryor’s interaction with his son and praised him for his parenting style and attention paid to his son.
“Building social skills at a young age can make your life so much better and easier,” @FordFocus96 said. “I had to learn this stuff embarrassingly late in my development.”
This stuff is so important. Building social skills at a young age can make your life so much better and easier. I had to learn this stuff embarrassingly late in my development.
— Ford$ (@FordFocus96) June 5, 2019
Hahaha he’s a baby. The dad probably didn’t either! 😂 He’s still learning about speech, but the fact the dad didn’t respond to him with gibberish baby talk, he’ll be able to learn how to converse and start to articulate his words even faster! & ur right that kid is something!
— MsCharlieNaomi (IG) (@MsCharlieVmore) June 6, 2019
I actually use to do this with my son years ago, and as he grew up he had one hell of a fine vocabulary under his grasp for a little guy – no joke. This kid’s going somewhere!
— Susan (@SusanSeaside) June 5, 2019
Among the tweets praising Pryor for taking his child seriously, some lamented the lack of this kind of interaction with their own fathers.
“This makes me sad cuz bro i never had a fun chat with my dad like that cuz he never took interest in me,” one user said.
This makes me sad cuz bro i never had a fun chat with my dad like that cuz he never took interest in me pic.twitter.com/247LjEHfmi
— zypher (@zypher_99) June 5, 2019
Im grown and my Pops don't talk to me like this 😭
— Josh Michael (@Jmike_JR) June 5, 2019
Other users turned Pryor and his son into memes.
When you watchin a movie for the 1st time n yo girl keep asking questions pic.twitter.com/Lk6P6HroUR
— Infamous J (@jbeastnewton) June 5, 2019
This dude has no idea what I’m saying pic.twitter.com/CcJyvGcgWU
— olly blake (@OllyTheHuman) June 5, 2019
The Daily Dot reached out to Shanieke and Deztin Pryor for comment.
Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.