Sure, the focus should be on the incredible athletes showcasing their talents at the 2018 Winter Olympics. But the internet has found its latest star and it’s a child trying to lick the lens of NBC’s camera. It’s become a viral moment that made many people — especially parents — laugh and probably cringe. Because yeah: Parents know exactly what this is like.
An insatiable curiosity is what makes being a kid so interesting, but it can also be exhausting for parents. A constant need to touch, pull and lick is something to which parents around the world can relate. This mom in Pyeongchang, South Korea, who can be seen pulling her child away from the camera, is definitely transcending language barriers and cultural divides in this moment:
Early breakout star of the Olympics is the small child who really wanted to know what an NBC camera tastes like pic.twitter.com/PFKEO2VGXL
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) February 9, 2018
Once this video was posted online, moms and dads everywhere began to chime in.
“As a mother who spent years saying ‘and don’t lick anything or anyone’ every time we went somewhere, I love this kid,” one mom wrote on Twitter:
As a mother who spent years saying “and don’t lick anything or anyone” every time we we went somewhere, I love this kid.
— Marne Duke (@marneduke) February 10, 2018
Despite his mom telling him to stop, this kid just kept on trying to get in front of the camera, and people can’t stop laughing about it:
the kid mugging for the camera despite his mom yelling at him lmao pic.twitter.com/0CEKW1Cl8P
— squid training yet? (@NatsSquid) February 9, 2018
There are some (likely non-parents) out there who just don’t understand what’s going on:
— I'm That Type Of Guy (@Marrrrcussss) February 9, 2018
It’s not always the parents that are doing the wrangling. Sometimes the kids try to control the situations and feel “embarrassed” by their parents. Even celebrities aren’t immune to this kind of thing! Another major “break the internet” parent-child moment was when six-year-old Blue Ivy told Beyoncé and Jay-Z to stop clapping at the Grammys.
Blue really told Beyoncé and Jay Z to calm down pic.twitter.com/BrTHWNr9ix
— Best song on ST (@beyupdates_) January 29, 2018
Parents and children have a lot to deal with, but it’s the moments like these that prove you’re not alone in your struggles. And that’s why this kid at the Olympics has provided many laughs and a collective sigh of relief.
The 2018 Winter Olympics are underway until Feb. 25, so be sure to tune in for more internet trending-worthy highlight moments from athletes and fans!