The former Marine is doing some “soul-searching” thanks to his son’s f-bomb dropping
After a video of James LaPorta’s 2-year-old son repeatedly saying the F-word as his dad helplessly stares at the camera went viral, the former Marine is reconsidering his own vocabulary.
Meanwhile, parents everywhere are commiserating with the embarrassed dad.
James LaPorta is a former Marine who served two tours in Afhghanistsan and now he’s famous because one of his bad habits has been picked up by his toddler. Warning: f-bombs will be flying, and it’s absolutely hilarious.
As a former U.S. Marine, now a father, there is perhaps one word I should try to cut out of my vernacular around my soon to be 2-year-old. 😐 pic.twitter.com/HSQZN7bHVn
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) September 27, 2017
The video is thirty seconds of James looking at the camera as a little voice in the background repeatedly, and with increasing intensity, says the word “fuck!” On one level, hearing a child who doesn’t understand what he’s saying drop f-bombs is amusing, especially when it’s not your child. When it is your child? It’s a different story. One that James isn’t exactly enjoying.
Alongside the video, James tweeted, “As a former U.S. Marine, now a father, there is perhaps one word I should try to cut out of my vernacular around my soon to be 2-year-old.” Easier said than done, especially for a former soldier who’s surely had plenty of opportunity to curse during the two tours he served in Afghanistan.
James is now home, working as a journalist for The Daily Beast and The Washington Post, and experiencing a bout of viral fame from the video. He’s been fielding responses from parents who can relate.
I had to rein in the vocabulary too. "Buckets" was my replacement.— Brian McCarthy (@BC_McCarthy) September 28, 2017
Some offered tips.
You might want to choose a one-syllable word. My stepmom used to say fudge. So you can still change direction mid word. That's pretty useful— bebe neben (@bebenebend) September 28, 2017
Some expressed solidarity.
My 2-year old recently muttered "fucking car" at an intersection and it filled me with pride and then shame and then pride again.— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) September 28, 2017
A few just shared some laughs.
Just tell everyone that your toddler watched "Casino" without your knowing about it. 😉— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) September 28, 2017
James appreciated all the responses, and in a a follow-up tweet, he expressed appreciation for the positive response he’s received, and explained that laughter is a tension-breaker – for soldiers and parents.
“I’ve been pleasantly surprised as to how many other parents have experienced the same thing within their families…we all sometimes take life too serious and laughter is the best medicine.”
In the grand scheme of parenting “mistakes,” cursing in from of your kids is pretty low on the totem pole. (Cursing at your kids is a different story.) It’s nice to see the parenting community rally around James rather than unleash judgment at him.
Here’s the thoughts I have been having the last few days as people have enjoyed the video between my son and I, tweeting me their home life. pic.twitter.com/fx9rNiLq08
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) September 30, 2017
“The reactions have been extremely positive,” the former soldier-turned-journalist told Scary Mommy. “I’m glad I’m not the only one who goes through this.”
When it comes to parenting, no matter where you live, how many kids you have, or how old they are, we’re all pretty much fucked. Amiright?