Reese Witherspoon Gets Schooled By Her Teen Son On Hip Handshake

by Leah Groth
Reese Witherspoon Gets Schooled By Her Son On Hip Handshake
Reese Witherspoon/Instagram

Reese Witherspoon’s teen son Deacon gives the Academy Award winning actress a new tutorial on the latest teen trend, a handshake dubbed “dapping”

Pre-parenthood, pretty much 100 percent of us are convinced that when we have kids, we are going to be totally cool and remain up-t0-date on all the latest trends, ranging from music and fashion to handshakes and lingo. Unfortunately, about 99.9 percent of us fail. While Reese Witherspoon is not in the .1 percent, however, she hasn’t totally given up on trying to stay hip with her teenage children. Her attempts at understanding things — like Tik Tok, trendy dances, and current lingo — are totally hilarious and downright relatable. On Monday, she posted her latest gesture at upping her cool game, which involved her adorable teenage son, Deacon, schooling her about handshakes.

“More important life lessons from @DeaconPhillippe… #dapping,” the Academy Award winning actress captured the hilarious video.

“Deacon, thank you for teaching me about Tik Tok,” she starts the vid, referring to her last tutorial on teen coolness courtesy of her son. “It’s been so much fun.”

Then she poses her next question. “I heard you were going to ‘dap somebody up,'” she continues. “What does that mean to dap somebody up?” Obviously we aren’t very cool, because we have never heard about “dapping” either.

Deacon, whose father is actor Ryan Phillippe, explains to his mother that dapping is actually a sort of handshake he does with his friends.

“Is dapping when you go like that?” she asks him, doing a weird gesture with her arms. “No,” he corrects her. “That’s dabbing. That trend died like two years ago.”

He then proceeds to show her how to “dap,” a handshake obviously very easy for he and his pals to execute, but on par with learning, say, how to floss, for anyone over 40. After she finally nailed it, she attempted to personalize it with a final “finger gun” motion at the end.

“No, that’s not needed,” he corrects her.

Reese, of course, made the whole tutorial as laugh-inducing as an SNL skit. Mindy Kaling, who also strives to be a cool mom, pretty much summed it up with her comment: “The Reese and @deaconphillippe show is all I want to see.”

In September, Reese gave us the first “episode” of the show, when Deacon taught her all about Tik Tok.

In addition to educating her about the video-sharing social media site, Reese got her son’s opinion on some of her dance moves (which he dubbed “pretty cool”) and even nailed her first Tik Tok video of “Mr. Sandman.”