About a year ago, my son (2 years old at the time) had a full blown tantrum because he had applesauce on his fingers. I thought this was so absurd that I had to take a picture of it, and to this day, it still makes me chuckle. Apparently I was not alone in finding this type of situation comical. There are multiple websites (and even a book) featuring devastated-looking children freaking out for ridiculous reasons. Don’t get me wrong, I do not find it funny when my children are sad; I do not stick a camera in their face when they get hurt. HOWEVER, when my 3 year old throws a fit because I told him that no, he cannot put chocolate chips in my salad, I can’t help but find it amusing. And I think we’ve all had that moment in the grocery store when our child is screaming for Sponge Bob fruit snacks and we feel like yelling “Hey! Fellow shoppers! My kid is not really a spoiled brat, I swear!”
Listen Mommas, it’s tough to manage the “tantrum-throwing” phase, so why not try and find some humor in it?
In preparing this post, I’ve realized one thing in particular: ALL little kids are crazy, not just mine (which I found oddly comforting). So next time your kid freaks out when you tell her she cannot wear snow boots in July, please know you are not alone. We’re all in on this crazy child-raising gig together.
Here are some other crocodile tear-stained little faces:
“I finished brushing my teeth”
“Mom won’t let me drink syrup”
“My sister wants me to share”
“Mom wants to wash my dirty clothes”
“My baby brother fell asleep”
“Mom won’t let me eat mascara”
“I finished my Goldfish”
“Mom won’t let me eat a chocolate bar for dinner”
“Mom put on sunglasses”
“Mom won’t let me step on my brother’s head”