Dad laughs as son crashes bike into tree
Dad watches his young son crash his bicycle into a tree and can’t stop laughing.
Family schadenfreude- when a family member gets hurt (hopefully only in a trivial way!) and the rest of the family finds it funny – isn’t unusual. It’s the Homer Simpson banging-his-thumb-with-a-hammer scene played out in our own lives. There’s a trend for parents to upload these moments of bad joy to Youtube, even though it makes their parenting seem a little questionable.

There are videos of babies face-planting into cushions and older kids falling off playground equipment. Skateboard wipeouts and vast numbers of videos of family members falling into swimming pools. That just goes to show how popular they are.

The terrible tree accident

Here’s an example currently going viral: A father watching his young son riding down a hill on his bicycle. He calls out for the kid to “don’t crash into the tree!” and then falls apart with laughter as his son, predictably, rides straight into the tree.

To be fair, he does pull himself together enough to reassure his son that help is on the way, and the boy doesn’t seem to be badly injured, but it is quite an eina moment. One which we relate to because so many of us had similar experiences as kids. Maybe we are laughing at our younger selves a little...

Mixed reactions

Commenters on the video seem polarised on it: Some agree that it’s hilarious, while others suggest that the dad is a poor parent for allowing his kid to cycle without a helmet in a dangerous environment. Still others disagree with the latter, suggesting that he’s a great dad just for making an effort to play outside with his son. The video was uploaded by the boy's uncle, not the dad who can be heard laughing.

Let’s see what you think about this controversial video:

“Father of the Year: Boy on bike crashes into tree HILARIOUS” via Paul Ardern/Youtube

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