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Meet the Parents Behind the Viral Video of Baby ‘Talking’ With His Dad

We’re betting you’ve seen the video: A dad and his cute kid are chillin’ on the couch, having one of the best father-son conversations you’ve ever witnessed. The best part? The son is a baby, and we have no idea what he’s saying. The reason the video went viral is that his dad seems to know exactly what his little one is saying, and the conversation is a gorgeous give-and-take that is guaranteed to leave even the saltiest soul smiling.

If you somehow you missed it, here’s the original video — shared by none other than Will Smith, who joked in his Instagram caption, “This is Jaden tryna explain his Instagram feed to me.” (Yeah, this video got THAT famous.)

Precious, right? So who is this dad and who is this baby? Motherly got to the bottom of the story and tracked down the family behind the viral video. Shanieke Pryor is the mom in the family — and when she posted the video on Facebook of her son chatting with his dad, DJ, she never expected the massive response.

Motherly reported that the Pryors’ little boy is named Kingston, and he’s as much fun in person as he is in the video seen around the world. His mom — a registered nurse — told Motherly, “With the joy that he’s bringing — and the laughs that are in the house — it could be the littlest thing, but he honestly just amazes us, this little mind.”

Kingston’s dad (a comedian) had this to say: “I know every parent probably thinks this, but seeing his growth every day and how he interprets what he sees, it’s thrilling to me.”


The internet agreed.

The video has been seen more than a million times and has been shared more than 1.5 million times. Shanieke Pryor wrote on Facebook, “We’ve been receiving such an outpouring of LOVE & SUPPORT from so many people from all over the world!! I’ve even personally received tons of beautiful & heart warming messages like below from people who don’t know me at all but still took the time out to write me. I do apologize if I don’t respond or get through all of them. Just know I appreciate it ALL!”

She added, “I also want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who has liked, shared & comment, we couldn’t of gone anywhere if it wasn’t for YOU ALL!! I am so glad we were able to share with the world the joy & laughter our son brings in our lives each and everyday! KINGSTON SAYS HI & DANK KU!”

Pryor has since posted another adorable Father’s Day video as part of a Denny’s ad opportunity, writing, “Happy Father’s Day to all the Father’s out there and a special shout out to my husband DJ for being such an AMAZING DADDY!!” Check out the adorableness, please:

We’re in love with the whole family. What a beautiful example of fantastic give-and-take in a parenting relationship. Kingston, you hit the parent jackpot for sure.

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