Adorable toddler gives his dad encouragement to get him to climb at the playground


A little boy’s enthusiastic words of encouragement for his dad are melting hearts on social media. 

In September, D’Anthony Ward took his two-year-old son Taj to a park in Lawrenceville, Georgia, where Taj climbed to the top of a jungle gym and wanted his dad to follow him up.

When D’Anthony tried to tell his son he couldn’t do it — he was too big for the equipment — Taj seemed to think his dad just felt scared, and cheered him on with motivational words.

Sweet! A little boy’s enthusiastic words of encouragement for his dad are melting hearts on social media

In September, D'Anthony Ward took his two-year-old son Taj to a park in Lawrenceville, Georgia

Taj climbed to the top of a jungle gym and wanted his dad to follow him up

In September, D’Anthony Ward took his two-year-old son Taj to a park in Lawrenceville, Georgia, where Taj climbed to the top of a jungle gym and wanted his dad to follow him up

When D'Anthony tried to tell his son he couldn't do it — he was too big for the equipment — Taj seemed to think his dad just felt scared, and cheered him on with motivational words

When D’Anthony tried to tell his son he couldn’t do it — he was too big for the equipment — Taj seemed to think his dad just felt scared, and cheered him on with motivational words

‘He loves to climb on things and as soon as he got to the playground climbing wall, he got up there and wanted me up there,’ D’Anthony told Today.

‘I was like, “I am a little too old,”‘ D’Anthony said.

But Taj wasn’t taking no for an answer, and started right away with the encouraging words — so D’Anthony started recording 

‘You can do it, Dada! You can do it,’ Taj told him.

‘I can’t. I’m too big,’ his dad answered.

‘You can do it! You put your foot right here,’ Taj said. ‘Climb to me!’ 

‘I know you can! Come on, you can do it!’ he said.

'You can do it, Dada! You can do it,' Taj told him. 'You can do it! You put your foot right here'

‘You can do it, Dada! You can do it,’ Taj told him. ‘You can do it! You put your foot right here’

D'Anthony admitted that his son was mimicking the way that he speaks to him, giving him encouragement all the time

'It's how I talk to him. I’ll say, "Come on, you can do it,"' he said. 'He repeats everything he hears from me. Those lines are exactly what I say to him'

D’Anthony admitted that his son was mimicking the way that he speaks to him, giving him encouragement all the time 

Speaking to Today, D’Anthony admitted that his son was mimicking the way that he speaks to him, giving him encouragement all the time. 

‘It’s how I talk to him. I’ll say, “Come on, you can do it,”‘ he said. ‘He repeats everything he hears from me. Those lines are exactly what I say to him.’

Later, D’Anthony shared the sweet clip on The Dad Vlog.

‘Taj was really bout to have me tearing up at the park. He didn’t care about any of my excuses. He just believes in me with everything that he has. That’s beautiful. I’m not crying,’ he wrote.

Commenters went wild for the little boy’s attitude, with one writing: ‘This made me emotional. He is so adorable and intelligent, you are doing an AMAZING job.’

'It’s a sense of representation and pride in being a dad, especially for me,' D'Anthony said

‘It’s a sense of representation and pride in being a dad, especially for me,’ D’Anthony said

'He is very happy. Very vocal,' he said of his son

'He expresses himself a lot. He really wants to get his point across. He has an awesome vocabulary and is very extroverted. I think he is like me times ten!'

‘He is very happy. Very vocal,’ he said of his son. ‘He expresses himself a lot. He really wants to get his point across. He has an awesome vocabulary and is very extroverted’

‘That is the son of truly compassionate and kind parents. Way to go, mom and dad!!’ wrote another.

‘Awwww Taj!! My eyes are sweating! I need to save this for my most challenging days,’ wrote a third. 

D’Anthony told Today that he loves what the video represents.

‘It’s a sense of representation and pride in being a dad, especially for me,’ he said. ‘I like to put these videos in story mode in digestible small pieces that are entertaining so people can absorb the story.’ 

‘He is very happy. Very vocal,’ he said of his son. ‘He expresses himself a lot. He really wants to get his point across. He has an awesome vocabulary and is very extroverted. I think he is like me times ten!’ 



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