One of the best things you can learn to do as a parent is to laugh in the face of the absolute absurdity that is life with little kids most days.
They have no idea how to human, or how to life, and sometimes those things combine into an epic explosion of emotions.
As their parent, it’s your job to catch the mess and show them how to wrestle it all back in the box – and trust me, that’s easier to do if you don’t take any of it too seriously.
13. Tell yourself again how you should get ready earlier.
My kid having a meltdown 30 seconds before we have to be somewhere is the only constant in this world.
— Mommy Owl (@Lhlodder) October 22, 2018
12. Is there an appropriate time to play with butter?
You know what? Don’t answer that.
Tonight’s bathtub tantrum was brought to you by butter, because you can play with lots of things in the bath, but not butter.
— WTFDAD (@daddydoubts) June 13, 2020
11. No explanations necessary.
Let that be a lesson for everyone else, as well.
Is there anything more perfect than my kid having a total meltdown while we're in line to get my birth control?
— Salty Mermaid Entertainment (@saltymermaident) July 20, 2017
10. At least he’s honest.
And curious, too!
Son: dad what does tantrum mean?
Me: tantrum is when you feel so upset that you scream, cry, and act completely uncontrollable.
Son: I like tantrums!
Me: *losing hair in patches* I know you do.
— WTFDAD (@daddydoubts) October 7, 2019
9. The silent scream.
They can hold their breaths for a really long time.
My 1-year-old achieved a new level of temper tantrum
She opened her mouth but no sound came out
Now all the neighborhood dogs are howling
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) July 24, 2017
8. Even butterflies can set them off.
You really never know.
Butterfly Effect: The phenomenon whereby a small localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere.
For example, when a butterfly flaps its wings next to a toddler's ear and they have a horrible tantrum for the next two hours.
— A Bearer Of Dad News ✊🏾 (@HomeWithPeanut) November 20, 2019
7. He’s just worn out from the water park.
Not that it helps you now.
My 8yo at the water park: Goes down every slide, rides surfing simulator, gets dumped on by giant water bucket
My 8yo at home after: Has full-blown meltdown because the bath water is slightly chilly
— SpacedMom (@copymama) June 26, 2018
6. Enjoy her not being able to spell while it lasts.
Then again, she probably wouldn’t care anyway.
-3 throwing a tantrum at a restaurant-
Me: she needs to take a B-A-T-H and go to B-E-D
Husband: because she’s being a B-I-T
H: but it’s true
Me:….yeah ok it’s true
— 🎄♥️ Marissa 💚🎄 (@michimama75) January 5, 2020
5. Kudos to Mom for knowing the difference.
Hat’s off to moms of girls.
Today’s tantrum is brought to you by the fact that I dared to give my daughter Anna’s braids when she clearly wanted Elsa’s
— That Mom Tho (@mom_tho) February 13, 2020
4. Yes I think she’s doing it right.
If not, who will know?
*locks my toddler outside while she throws a tantrum* is this Montessori?
— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) April 28, 2020
3. It’s a disappointing world.
On the upside, we’re not incinerated.
My 3 y/o is having a tantrum because he’s not tall enough to touch the sun, from his carseat. pic.twitter.com/b6Q586FEYw
— Mom (@CoachPSays) May 22, 2019
2. *sets tweet down*
*backs away slowly*
Me: HEY! WE DO NOT TOLERATE PRESIDENTIAL BEHAVIOR IN THIS HOUSE!
— WTFDAD (@daddydoubts) January 21, 2019
1. That must have been a good one.
I bet his wife is thrilled. For today.
After my toddler's latest tantrum, my sperm donated themselves to a bank.
— A Bearer Of Dad News ✊🏾 (@HomeWithPeanut) May 1, 2018
These are some high parenting marks!
I hope that the next time my kid melts down I can remember to be so cool under pressure.