Since we can’t have just one week of respite, social media has already erupted into discourse over yesterday’s main character. That person is musician John Roderick, who created a lengthy thread about his nine-year-old daughter who wanted to eat some baked beans.
The problem was that his daughter didn’t know how to use a can opener, and instead of opening the can for her, Roderick used the opportunity as a “teaching moment” and left her to figure it out for herself.
Over 23 tweets, the thread chronicles in detail the six hours it took for her to open the can of beans. At one point, he says that his daughter even “collapsed in a frustrated heap”, all while he refused to tell her how to use the tin opener.
“I’d been tempted many times along the way to guide her hand,” he wrote in one tweet. “I wanted her to experience the magnificence of the can opener SO MUCH I couldn’t stand the suspense. Neither of us likes baked beans that much – the cupboards are bare – so it seemed like a paltry reward for this work.”
In case you missed Bean Dad aka john roderick before he deleted his Twitter account, this is what started it all. https://t.co/KCKRP3099c
— Colin T is ManiacalV (@Colin T is ManiacalV)
The thread quickly went viral, with Roderick being dubbed “Bean Dad” as he faced mounting criticism. He has also since deleted his account.
Many pointed out that he simply could’ve just demonstrated how to open a can as a teaching moment.
@johnroderick Things you taught your kid:
- food must be earned
- disordered eating in the forms of food hoarding… https://t.co/8LPQVU83rw