Adam Perry just had to say one word to get his son to smile authentically.
It's a struggle most parents can identify with. Kids often end up posing in front of the camera in an awkward way that may not be best to capture for life. A father recently revealed a hilarious parenting hack on Twitter to get his son to smile more naturally for the camera. The tweet has since gone viral for the cutest of reasons. Captioning two (we must say equally adorable) side-by-side pictures of his preschooler son, Adam Perry wrote: My son when I tell him to smile vs when I yell out 'poop'. The tweet now has nearly 300,000 likes with many people relating to the funny parenting trick. One person commented: my kid likes me to say "fart, poop, dootie" - bc it is the 'curse' word stream in Boss Baby and it makes her laugh. Another added: I once took my niece and nephew to a fort and they weren’t paying attention but as soon as i said “do you wanna see where they poop?” They both snapped to attention. A third said: In 3rd grade, my daughter's teacher sent home decorated paper for parents to write motivational messages to our kids during a week of testing. Each day the teacher gave her a new note from me. Instead of motivation, I chose mockery and fart jokes. She was in heaven.
My son when I tell him to smile vs when I yell out “poop!” pic.twitter.com/ui6TuPOaC5— Adam Perry (@misterperry) September 14, 2022
Perry told Good Morning America that the pictures were taken on his son's first day of school. He described his young boy as "shy" but also "sweet and silly" with a "fun sense of humor." "We always take pictures on the first day [of school] and we were in a bit of a hurry and having a hard time getting good pictures," Perry said. "My son always has the funniest smile when he's trying too hard. I learned at some point that if I just yelled out 'POOP' and snapped the picture quick, it always worked out way better. In this case, it was a pretty dramatic comparison, so I thought I'd share it."
The father knew some parents could relate to his situation but didn't expect his tweet to blow up the way it did. "I expected 5 to 10 people to like it. Then it kept climbing... and climbing... it's now at 297k likes. Then it went first page on Reddit and viral on Instagram and Facebook," he said. "This post must have really resonated with people, and I've gotten tons of messages from people that are using this trick and getting great pictures of their kids, which to me, is the best part of all this."
Cover Image Source: Twitter | @misterperry