Good grandparents really are an important asset to young families just starting out. They can show you the ropes of parenthood, help entertain their grandkids, and probably most importantly, they know when you need a break because you’re their baby and they can always tell when something’s up with their child.
But sometimes, grandparents can be a little…uh…needy, even when they’re the best grandparents in every other aspect. Technology has changed so much over the decades since they were raising children, and sometimes they need a little extra help with things that might seem simple. Soon-to-be mom of two, Molly Madfis, took to TikTok to share what happened when her 75-year-old dad, John, was babysitting her 5-year-old, Arlo, for a few days while she was on a “babymoon” with her husband.
In the viral TikTok, Madfis is seen with her husband with a text overlay that reads, “how to have a relaxing babymoon—don’t ask your dad to babysit.” Before you think Madfis is being mean to her sweet dad, you can clearly see through the text exchange that they love each other very much and her post seems to be in good fun.
“Arlo worships my dad, but I was a little nervous about leaving them alone together. My dad is pretty co-dependent—like, he’ll go to CVS and then call me eight times with different questions,” Madfis told Today.com.
The text exchanges that Madfis shared are pretty adorable, though I’m sure receiving them while you’re trying to relax may have taken the cute factor down a notch. But let’s be completely honest—do we think a nervous mom would’ve relaxed had grandpa not been sending random texts that let you know things are still going well? Probably not.
In the short clip, you see the door cam video that shows John, whom Arlo lovingly calls “Poppy,” leaving to take the little guy to school without his backpack…and 30 minutes late. Then comes the text, “Hi, how do you toast,” which John sent along with a picture of the options shown on the machine. Clearly, or at least clearly to his daughter and viewers, there was a picture of a piece of bread indicating the toasting option. When Madfis explained where the bread icon was located, there was still confusion, but he made it work.
“The one that looks like pizza worked,” the grandpa replied.
never again #fyp
The texts continue to get more comical as they go on. At one point, he asked if he should refrigerate the leftover pizza, complete with a photo of a half-empty pizza box. But the kicker was when Madfis asked for a picture of her child. John’s response was a classic dad move: “Why? You already know what he looks like.”
The comment section was filled with people relating and laughing at the video.
“I asked my FIL [father-in-law] for a pic of my baby so he sent me the pic that I sent him of her last week,” one mom commented.
“Love how he didn’t mind sending you pictures of the toaster and pizza but was confused on why you wanted one of the kid,” another person wrote, complete with a crying laughing emoji.
Others commented that the little boy probably had the best week of his life with his Poppy. Listen, even people who take their kids to school every day forget backpacks sometimes, so we can cut grandpa some slack there. As for the rest of it—keep being you, Poppy. Memories are certainly being made.