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Young girl comforts overworked dad, touching hearts online

Viral video captures a daughter covering her sleeping dad with a jacket, leaving him tearful.

 Young girl comforts overworked dad, touching hearts online
Cover Image Source: YouTube | South China Morning Post

Editor's note: This article was originally published on December 7, 2022. It has since been updated.

A very special bond exists between fathers and daughters. Loving dads are consistent supporters and defenders and offer their shoulders for you to cry on. And, yes, on occasion, that even entailed dressing up for your princess tea parties in a flower crown or acting as goalkeeper while you took another shot. Fathers encourage their children to think critically, set goals, be competitive, and solve issues pragmatically. They also give us the strength to believe in ourselves and support us while we pursue our goals. However, in a video posted on Reddit, these roles were briefly switched. And after viewing the footage, you could find yourself in tears.


In footage shared by the South China Morning Post, a man is seen dozing off while revising his restaurant menu, a direct impact of the pandemic's challenges. When his little daughter observed this, she thoughtfully covered him with her jacket to keep him warm. The father realizes what has transpired when he wakes up after his daughter leaves the room. Overwhelmed by his daughter's thoughtful gesture, the visibly grateful father broke down in tears. People reacted to the video on the internet, saying how the young girl's small gesture could be exactly the thing her father needs to get through his busy day.

Following the touching video, some netizens felt compelled to check up on the man's mental health, with one writing: "This made my heart hurt. A poor man is so exhausted, he passed out in a brightly lit room, on an uncomfortable surface with his head in his arms. Sure, the kid is sweet but he must be horribly burnt out."

Another instance of a youngster exhibiting extraordinary empathy and kindness to their parent involves a six-year-old child who gave his dad a pep talk after a challenging day of parenting. "After a 2.5-hour temper tantrum from the three-year-old, all of our nerves were shot," the text overlay on the video reads. "Here’s how our six-year-old handled it.” In the video, the little boy is seen sitting by himself at the table, breathing deeply with his arms folded in a position of prayer.

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Tiktok \ @mollymikos

"Are you doing okay, buddy?" his dad asks, as he sits across from him at the table, looking dejected. The boy says, "Yes." The father then lets out an "Oh my god," and his kid replies, "I think we should take some deep breaths together."

His dad agrees and they both start to take deep breaths together. Any angry parent may easily dismiss this idea and keep up their foul attitude, but instead, his dad does the opposite. He eventually exhales a sigh of relief and says, "Oh my god," again, adding, "Thank you, Daniel, you're right." What occurs next is what makes this connection so endearing. There's something very special about allowing our kids to take the lead occasionally.

Daniel remarks, perhaps referring to his temperamental younger sister, "She's crazy," to which his dad replies, "I'm sorry, buddy, for losing my cool. Mommy and I keep trying to do better, set a better example, it’s just, this stuff gets frustrating."

After saying, "Hey, Dad, It's okay," Daniel got up from the table right away to give his father a hearty embrace. "You are the best little guy in the world. Do you know how much I love you?" his father says as he melts into the embrace. On TikTok, viewers gushed over the wholesome interaction in similar ways, writing comments like "This is why you're amazing parents" and "This has me literally sobbing at 2 am." Although some parents believe it's preferable to keep a straight face around their children, being open about how you're feeling can lead to connections like Daniel's with his father.

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