76 Parents Share Hilariously Stupid Situations That Devastated Their Toddlers

When you’re just a little bugger, almost everything can feel like the end of the world. I mean, just check out these 100 Ridiculous Reasons Why Kids Cry.

Temper tantrums range from whining and crying to screaming, kicking, hitting, and even breath-holding. They’re equally common in boys and girls and usually happen between the ages of 1 to 3.

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Bess Kalb, who is an American Emmy Award-nominated writer for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! television show and journalist with The New Yorker magazine, has a child who falls right into that category and wouldn’t you know it, he also tends to overdramatize things.

Recently, Kalb turned to Twitter to share her 2-year-old son’s devastation upon realizing his granola bar wrapper was pulled too low for his finer sensibilities. After the writer asked for prayers, other parents chimed in with the meltdowns and mayhem they have also experienced. Here are some of the most memorable ones.

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According to experts, it’s normal for kids to have tantrums both often and rarely — they’re a normal part of development. It’s how young children show that they’re upset or frustrated.

Tantrums may happen when kids are tired, hungry, or just uncomfortable in that particular situation. They can have a meltdown because they can’t get something (like a toy) or someone to do what they want. Learning how to deal with emotions is a skill that children gain over time.


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Toddlers want independence and control over their environment. Usually, more than they can handle. This can lead to power struggles as a child thinks ‘I can do it myself’ or ‘I want it, give it to me.’ When kids discover that they can’t do it and can’t have everything they want, they may have a tantrum.

As you probably already realized from the tweets, tantrums are common during the second year of life, when language skills are starting to develop and toddlers can’t yet explain through words what they want, feel, or need. As their language skills improve, tantrums tend to decrease.


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Here are some of the ways parents can help prevent tantrums from happening in the first place:

  • Give plenty of positive attention. Get in the habit of catching your kid being good. Reward your little one with praise and attention for positive behavior.
  • Try to give toddlers some control over little things. Consider offering minor choices such as “Do you want orange juice or apple juice?” or “Do you want to brush your teeth before or after taking a bath?” This way, you aren’t asking “Do you want to brush your teeth now?” — which inevitably will be answered “no.”
  • Keep off-limits objects out of sight and out of reach. This makes the possibility of struggles less likely. Of course, this isn’t always possible, especially outside of the home where the environment can’t be controlled.
  • Distract your child. Take advantage of your little one’s short attention span and offer them something else in place of what they can’t have. Start a new activity to replace the frustrating or forbidden one. Or simply change the environment. Take your toddler outside or inside or move to a different room.
  • Help kids learn new skills and succeed. Praise them to help them feel proud of what they can do. Also, start with something simple before moving on to more complex tasks.
  • Consider the request carefully when your child wants something. Is it outrageous? Maybe it isn’t. Choose your battles.
  • Know your child’s limits. If you know your toddler is tired, it’s not the best time to go grocery shopping or try to squeeze in one more errand.

Again, temper tantrums are a normal, if frustrating, part of child development. On average, toddlers throw around one a day. Arm yourself with patience and good luck!


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