Before I became the parent of a toddler, I harbored what I figure is a pretty common belief: That toddler tantrums are generally caused by being told “no.” Particularly things like “No I won’t buy you that shiny/sugary thing on the shelf,” “No you can’t stay up any longer,” or “No it’s not your turn.”
Those things cause their share of fits, to be sure, but the dirty little secret is that it’s rarely so predictable. One of the major problems with toddler tantrums is that it’s often hard to keep from giggling at what causes them, even though your darling child is in the middle of heartfelt distress.
Here’s a sampling of 100% true meltdown triggers I’ve collected. Can you top them?
- “There was the ‘I want to eat your eyeball’ tantrum. I am not kidding. You
probably think I made this up, but I cross my heart and hope to die