Accidents happen. And sometimes we as parents don’t always handle them the best way. Mom Kalynne Marie shared a conversation between a dad and son that teaches a good lesson about making a mess. Yes, accidents happen, but it’s how we as parents handle it that makes the most impact. Here’s the story:

Kalynne Marie was sitting in the cafe area of Target when she saw a father and his son who looked to be 6 or 7.

The little boy spilled his bright red slushie drink everywhere pretty much as soon as he got it. Naturally, he apologized to his dad and what his dad said stuck out to Marie.

“Hey, it happens. Let’s go get napkins and I can show you how to clean it up.”

That seems like a such a simple response, but anyone who has ever dealt with young children knows it’s not always easy to stay that calm. It’s so easy to fly off the the handle and get angry that you lose sight of the situation. We have to stop and think about how it effects them too, which is hard to do when we get overwhelmed. I have a toddler, and something like this, especially in a public place is embarrassing. But if we as adults are embarrassed, think about what the kid must feel like. Marie began writing down the conversation between the father and his son because it is something that we all needed to hear.

“You’re going to be a human being for a long time, and you have such a smart brain that it’s important you learn how to be more aware of what you’re doing. So next time just be sure to pay more attention to your surroundings so accidents like this don’t happen. Accidents like these can be prevented, but it’s still okay if they happen. As long as you take responsibility for your mistakes, the clean up is a breeze.”

Marie, a single mom to a toddler, couldn’t believe the dad’s levelheadedness. She can’t always stay that calm with her toddler. As a fellow single mom I totally feel her. It is so overwhelming, especially with a young child. In an interview with Babble, Marie was quick to acknowledge the stresses of being a parent. “Being a parent is hard work. Sometimes it’s difficult to remember that being a kid is also pretty hard work.”

Truer words have never been spoken. Society places such expectations on young children that it’s hard to remember that they’re learning just like we are. That is the most eye opening part of Marie’s post.

This father was able to acknowledge the mistake is a way that wasn’t shaming, and he taught us all a lesson.

“I hope that he sees this post and realizes how powerful his actions truly were and how much of an impact they had on not only my life, but the lives of everyone who shared his story after me,” she says of the father.

I hope he realizes that he is truly an inspiration to us all.

(Image: Facebook / Kalynne Marie)