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Dad Shows What Could Go Wrong With Concrete And A Toddler In Viral Tweet

"my wife has a talent for identifying 'this is gonna embarrass the hell out of you in your high school yearbook' moments."

It’s hard to imagine how much trouble kids, and in particular toddlers, can find themselves in. It’s not until we’ve had a few years of parenting under our belts and have been through some stuff that we realize how often and creatively something can go wrong. Just ask CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent, Phil Mattingly.

On April 21, Phil shared a tweet that included a photo of his young daughter, some messed up concrete, and the aftermath of what she got herself into, and it’s too real for parents of toddlers.

It looks like Phil and his wife, Chelsea, were having some landscaping renovations done. And their youngest child, a toddler, struck when they least expected it. (That’s how that always happens.)

“Lay concrete in your backyard, they said,” Phil tweeted. Adding, “What could go wrong, they said.”

So, what did go wrong? Well, their child, the youngest of three who’s around 2 years old or so, let her curiosity get the better of her.

Along with the tweet, Phil included two photos: one of his daughter with concrete on her face, hands, and boots; and a photo of the damage done to the still-wet concrete on their yard. The new concrete was texturized with footprints and handprints roughly the size of a human child approximately 2 years old in place of the impressively smooth and flat surface.

Stuff like this is par for the course for parents. Kids always find a way to keep us on our toes. When Phil shared this moment on Twitter, he had a mix of people who made fun of him, praised his daughter’s skills, and worried about her since wet concrete can cause burns and irritation when it comes into contact with skin.

“I’ll take on her legal representation,” joked CNN legal analyst Elie Honig. Adding, “You have no proof. Not guilty.”

CNN Congressional Correspondent Ryan Nobles insisted the concrete with foot and handprints be kept as is, and Phil agreed, “feel like we definitely have to, don’t we?”

Phil made sure to let everyone know that his daughter was doing just fine and is back to her regular self. “for the record, she is totally fine, concrete free and prior to bed was back to bossing around her older brothers,” he tweeted, adding, “oh, and her bow was still in place.”

The University of Kansas reports that while momentary contact with unbroken skin is “unlikely to cause harm” (pointing to the fact that, much like Mattingly’s daughter, kids have been putting their hands in concrete forever) long-term contact makes it more likely that a chemical concrete burn can occur.

So, be careful around wet cement. A handy guide to cement safety can be found here. And don’t feel too scared about handprints on the pavement.