This very short yet very moving video clip was featured in a ThoughtCatalog piece by comedian and writer Rob Fee today. It’s from a segment on the Jenny Jones Show, a daytime talk show that aired many years ago. Even so, the content of the clip remains relevant to the unspoken problems kids still face today when they’re written off as out of control or as having emotional or behavioral disorders.
It features a little boy who is about ten years old and just as he’s about to get a good talking to from a boot camp instructor, he completely changes everything. The instructor gets right in his face and asks, “Do you want me to be your daddy?” How the boy responds is surprising, especially because daytime talk shows tend to always follow the model of extreme behavior and drama. This, however, was a sincere, heartfelt, and rather sad moment of honesty.
We always expect these kids on talk shows to be out of control and completely defiant of authority. However, when you peel back the show business side of things, you get a glimpse into the harsh reality of the lives of many young kids just like him.
Single parents struggle so much to make sure that their children are happy and that they have everything they need in order to be healthy. But some kids act out because they can’t think of any other way to express their grief. In this video, not only is it relieving to hear the little boy be so painfully honest, but it helps that the boot camp teacher breaks character and realizes that scare tactics are not necessary.
Some kids who are acting out just need a little support and a hug to remind them that they matter and that someone is always going to watch out for them. This is why it’s important to be a supportive listener and not judge people, even the really young ones, because you never truly know what is happening under the surface of what they allow you to see.
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