In my habitual morning rush to get everyone out the door I am often engaged in a headlock with our 2.5-year-old son.
“That’s my bowl, mummy. That’s my bowl!” he will shout.
Even though I’ve asked him close to 50 times (okay, maybe ten) before I pack everything away, the poor little guy stands in the doorway holding his spoon and often crying.
Eeek. Bad mum, alert!
“Sorry, little guy. But we can’t eat breakfast all day,” I try and soothe. To no avail. The legs start kicking and the little face gets redder and redder.
And breakfast used to be my favourite time of the day. Sigh …
When it comes to throwing tantrums, toddlers lay claim to finding the most nonsensical and outrageous reasons to have them.
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Just ask the parents over at this Reddit thread who’ve paid tribute to some of the most obscure reasons for their toddler’s tantrum throwing.
Sharing vs not sharing
Ownership is a tricky area for our toddlers. What is theirs and what is other people’s gets very, very confusing.
“My youngest was mad because his brother was looking out of “his” window instead of the other one.”
While @jeannes83 felt his son’s pain on spotting a much snazzier car in the carpark:
“I wouldn’t let him get in the car parked next to us. Buddy, it’s not our car!”
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The old, “Are you finished eating?” debacle …
If you haven’t experienced a scenario like this from @Myysery – are you even a parent?
“My mum used to offer food to my brother. He’d clearly say no. My mum would then ask, ‘Are you sure you don’t want this? Because I’m going to eat if you don’t want it. This piece of food, right here.'”
A 45-minute tantrum with hyperventilating crying
And what about the food that you KNOW they want and they KNOW they want and yet …
Puts slice of pizza in front of him
Not really coping with family dynamics
“That my mum was not her mum but her grandma,” another Reddit user chimed in.
Another added: “My three-year-old is okay with this except when it concerns his brother also being his sister’s brother. Like he gets that he is a brother to both of them but they are not allowed to be brother and sister and he gets super upset about it!”
That expression “I’m not really picking up what you’re putting down” has never resonated as much as it does with toddlers.
As @Cherry writes:
“My daughter asked EVERYONE to take her to (as best we could discern) ‘Gwackathatree’. Any time we went out for something to eat, she’d ask for Gwackathatree and then have a monstrous tantrum because wherever we ended up wasn’t it. We were all beside ourselves trying to figure it out.
“My mum took her out for a drive and took her to every single restaurant she could see and ask if that was it. No.”
Indecisiveness is a permanent state for toddlers.
“‘Do you want to go to the park?’ ‘Yeah! Play dirt!’ ‘OK go to the door for shoes and jacket’ ‘No! Stay home!’ ‘But don’t you want to go to the park to play in the sandbox?’ ‘Yeah!’ ‘OK, so we need to go get shoes and get in the car.’ ‘No!’
“Full meltdown follows. And repeat this exchange for another 5 minutes until he realizes that we can’t both stay home and go to the park simultaneously. Then repeat again when leaving the park.”
And how can you NOT relate to this story about underwear from @Ililina Morato?
“My 2am this very morning was spent convincing my four-year-old (who had just had an accident) that, no, he could not both wear and not wear the underwear he had made a mess in. He wanted to wear them because they had his favourite superheroes on it, but he didn’t want to wear them because they were soaked. He eventually lost the battle with quantum physics, too.”
Ah, toddlers! Can’t live with you, but we wouldn’t live without you either.