Musician and podcaster John Roderick, 52, shared the unconventional method he taught his 9-year-old daughter how open a can of baked beans. The prolonged 23-part story was shared on Saturday night and shortly went viral resulting from its do-it-yourself perspective.
“So, yesterday my daughter (9) was hungry and I was doing a jigsaw puzzle so I said over my shoulder ‘make some baked beans.’ She said, ‘How?’ like all kids do when they want YOU to do it, so I said, ‘Open a can and put it in pot.’ She brought me the can and said ‘Open it how?’” Roderick began his Twitter thread, which has since been deleted. “’With a can opener!’ I said, incredulous. She brought me the can opener and we both stared at it. I realized I’d never taught her to use it. Most cans now have pull-tops. I felt like a dope. What kind of apocalypse father doesn’t teach his kid how to use a manual can opener?!?”
John Roderick didn’t obtain the social media engagement he thought he would from a Twitter thread that detailed his daughter’s battle to open a can of beans. (iStock)
Many tweets in, Roderick colorfully defined the problem he and his daughter confronted whereas she struggled to open the can of beans.
His daughter had been ready to determine that the wedge, axle and wheel have been meant for slicing cans whereas the deal with helped to maneuver the mechanism alongside the circumference. However, as a substitute of utilizing the can opener horizontally, she was making an attempt to make use of it vertically.
Roderick added that his daughter requested him to take over the duty after she failed in a number of makes an attempt, however he didn’t budge. His daughter later stormed off after he knowledgeable her that neither of them would eat till she figured it out.
But, she finally returned after she cooled off from studying a e book and gave the can one other strive.
“She was fixated on orienting the tool in a few configurations and couldn’t imagine other possibilities. I compared the can opener to other tools,” Roderick wrote. “By now we were working on anger-management and perseverance too. She suggested she open the can with a hammer. There were tears.”
After greater than six hours, Roderick’s daughter lastly achieved her mission. He relayed how proud he was of her and joked that now she desires to open each can in the home.
“I know I’m infuriating. I know this is parenting theater in some ways. I suffer from a lack of perseverance myself, and like all parents throughout history I’m trying to correct my own mistakes in the way I educate my child. She sees through this,” he defined in one of his tweets.
John Roderick unique tweet obtained greater than 18,000 shares as of Monday. (iStock)
Twitter customers, then again, weren’t all that impressed with Roderick’s story. Many have even shared that they imagine his methodology was imply or bordering on little one abuse, in response to hundreds of tweets that use the time period “Bean Dad.”
“I feel like it’s super valuable to teach kids that they’re not alone in the world and that there’s no shame in asking other people for help and support so imo everyone should read the Bean Dad story and always do the exact opposite,” wrote Bloomberg News reporter Jason Schreier on Sunday.
“The word ‘bad’ is short for Bean Dad,” quipped Reply All podcast producer Alex Goldman.
Similarly, “Hood Feminism” writer Mikki Kendall critiqued Roderick’s educating methodology and instructed that girls could be held to the next commonplace than males for not feeding their kids.
“The funny/not funny thing about the Bean Dad discourse?” she wrote. “If a Mom had tweeted that thread no one would be insisting it was a comedy bit or a lesson in problem solving. The emergency abuse hot line would have rung off the hook three tweets in.”
Interestingly, Roderick’s “OMNIBUS” podcast co-host Ken Jennings tried to defend him on Monday.
“If this reassures anyone, I personally know John to be (a) a loving and attentive dad who (b) tells heightened-for-effect stories about his own irascibility on like ten podcasts a week,” the “Jeopardy!” visitor host wrote. “This site is so dumb.”
Roderick didn’t instantly reply to Fox News’ request for remark.
In tweets on Sunday, Roderick did take a second to touch upon the backlash he’s obtained.
He knowledgeable his 43,700 followers that his daughter is ok and that he thinks persons are very opinionated about parenting.
“The best part about being ratio’d by these parenting concern-trolls is that they keep harping on how depriving my kid of baked beans for SIX HOURS is child abuse,” he defended. “Six hours is the length of time between meals. Lunch at noon, dinner at six. They’re literally saying CHILD ABUSE.”
Roderick deactivated his Twitter account Monday night.