The thing about tantrums is that every parent, no matter how well-behaved their child is normally, knows it’s not a question of if – it’s a question of when.

Your child will pitch a fit, probably at least a handful of times in public, so it’s important to prepare yourself ahead of time. Me? I practice repeating to myself “my child isn’t giving me a hard time, my child is having hard time.”

Does it work? Sort of.

These 12 parents know that one of the best defenses is simply being able to laugh at the absurdity of it all…and to know it will all be over soon enough.

12. It’s even more annoying like this, honestly.

Drum up some real feelings or get outta here.

11. It’s funny until you get to the last sentence.

Then it’s hilarious.

10. That’s an impressive train of thought for a toddler.

Seriously, my kid’s attention span would never have it.

9. That’s fairly terrifying.

As all toddlers can be at times.

8. Maybe being honest will work.

You’ve tried everything else.

7. Bless his heart.

They just have so many feelings.

6. Learning to manage your feelings is a lifelong task.

Be gentle with yourself.

5. I mean it probably will.

Gotta get those feelings out.

4. You can try to do both.

That’s a pretty complicated facial expression, though.

3. The solution is part of the problem.

Who could have guessed?

2. To be fair, I always try to convince myself I only need two pancakes, too.

Give the girl her pancakes.

1. That is a fair problem.

One easily solved, I suppose.

Ah, kids. They’re going to be just fine, you know?

Tell us your best way to handle tantrums in your house – I want all of your tips and tricks below!