Shepard, who shares daughter Lincoln with Kristen Bell, is every dad who let a swear word fly around his toddler and has to live with the consequences.
I remember once when my daughter was little—maybe 4 or 5—I was driving around with her in the backseat when the person in front of me stopped short, forcing me to slam on my brakes. As I leaned on the horn, I heard a little voice from behind me shout: "Effing people!"
Only she didn't say "effing." Not a proud moment for me. Because I knew EXACTLY where my kid had previously heard that phrase—and it wasn't from her dad. So I can totally relate to Dax Sherpard, who accidentally passed the same four-letter word along to his 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter Lincoln after slamming his face into a shelf while trying to put his kids to bed.
"One night, I'm in there, I sing them 'Wheels on the Bus,' everything's good, they're going to sleep," the dad-of-two explained on a recent visit to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." "I go to bend down to pick up the towel...they have a bookshelf...wham, straight into the bridge of my nose. Hardest I've ever been hit. Almost blacked out. I let a couple motherf**kers rip. Just, 'MOTHERF**KER!'"
We SO get it. And of course, two days later, when Lincoln was trying to take her sweatshirt off and got frustrated, Dax's wife actress Kristen Bell unexpectedly got an earful.
"Kristen comes in the kitchen and goes, 'She just said, Oh, f**k,'" Dax told Ellen. "And I go, 'Okay, here's what we do. We pretend it never happened. We'll ignore it. She finds out we don't want her to say it, she'll say it all the time.'"
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Pretty effing brilliant. Except their plan didn't actually work. Because about five hours later, Lincoln dropped another f-bomb! "We're at a pool party, swear to God, she's in the pool, she goes, 'This pool's f—in' warm,'" Dax recalled. "Side note, we were like, 'She's nailing the syntax. She knows [how to use it] as an adjective, as an adverb.' We were proud."
TBH, I probably would have been, too.
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Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.