20 Reasons My Two Year Old Had a Hard Day

My two-year-old said, with a mischievous look in his eye, “Mommy. I had a hard day.”

I turned to his older brother and said, “Did he just say what I think he did?” He shrugged. Five-year-old brothers tend to not care what two-year-old brothers are saying.

So, I asked, “Did you just say you’ve had a hard day!?” He smiled his coy little smile and replied, “Yeah” as he continued to twirl in circles for some unknown reason that was making me slightly queasy just watching him.

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I didn’t know whether to be horrified that he’s obviously heard this sentence one too many times, laugh at his cuteness in saying something so grown up, or be worried that I’m coddling him too much and therefore, he already thinks his life is rough. At the ripe old age of two years old.

Instead, I gave it a little thought, because having three kids makes me pensive when it’s not making me yell-y, and thought to myself, “Hmm. Maybe life was hard for this kid today.”

After all, I could think of several reasons that, in his mind, life was extra tough that day:

1. He had to get out of bed at 9 am after sleeping for a short 14 hours straight.

2. I wouldn’t let him eat potato chips for breakfast.

3. I dared to tell him his pacifier was just for bed time and took it away so he could eat a real breakfast which he changed his mind about ten times. Nothing must have sounded good to him since the potato chips were off limits.

4. I dressed him, so of course that always makes my day a little tougher.

5. He was forced to drink out of the yellow cup at lunch instead of the blue one.

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6. I wouldn’t let him squirt his brother in the eye with a water bottle.

7. I wouldn’t let him jump on the picnic table in the backyard.

8. I wouldn’t let him wrap the cord to the blinds around his neck.

9. I wouldn’t let him play with a knife.

10. Basically, I prevented him from his various attempts at taking his own life.

11. I changed his diaper when he was stinky.

12. I made him wear shoes to go play outside when it was a whopping, scald-your-bare-feet-on-the-pavement, degrees outside.

13. I buckled him into his car seat.

14. I mistakenly put his blanket on him the wrong way at nap time.

15. I didn’t hold him for 25 minutes after his nap giving him time to wake up and be happy again. After all, he only napped for two hours after his short 14 hours of sleep the night before.

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16. I made him eat pasta for dinner that had tiny flecks of something green in it, therefore making it so obviously inedible.

17. I told him hitting his brother in the head with whatever object was in his hand at the time was not okay. (Repeat 10 times)

18. I held his hand while going down some stairs.

19. I attempted to actually brush his teeth instead of letting him suck on the toothbrush for 10 minutes.

20. I told him to be quiet and go to sleep.

After looking back, I realized that life was so very hard for him that day. Hopefully I can live up to his expectations tomorrow. But, I seriously have my doubts.

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About the writer


Meredith is a mother of 3 who is all about trying to be “real” when it comes to motherhood after years of trying to fake perfection. But, it’s the hardest job she’s ever done. She loves blogging about all the perfect and not so perfect moments on her blog, Perfection Pending. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter where she loves to commiserate with other moms who aren't afraid to share photos of their messy houses, laugh at themselves, and admit that parenting sometimes sucks.


Carrie 7 months ago

Gene, you have a grammar problem.

Karen 7 months ago

Miss 3 will often tell me when we are out shopping. “Mum I need coffee (hot choc)” complete with absolutely exhausted face and arm actions. Starts kindy next year -in for a rude awakening when no coffee arrives

Amanda 8 months ago

Gene…. i am afraid you are mistaken. YOU are a problem.

Gene Vanover 8 months ago

you got a 2 year old in diapers and using a pacifier your the real problem here.

Payton 8 months ago

My daughter (2 years old), said she’s not going to school ever again because it’s too tiring. She goes to “mommy’s day out” twice a week for 4 hours……..

Julie R. 8 months ago

When my son was that little he sad the same thing. Lol, and my favorite is when he said he’s had a bad day (he’s 9 now) because he didn’t get to do 1 out of a 100 things that day that he wanted to. I tell you what, you give them world but say no to a cloud and that just ruins their day!

Tiffany 1 year ago

I always ask my 2.5-year-old why she says stuff like that, mainly for the comedic value. The other day she told me she was sad because a tiger bit her leg, and I though “Fair enough. That would make me sad too.” No idea how a tiger got into our house or where it is hiding now. Luckily her leg isn’t showing any obvious signs of gnawing, so I’m hoping we are in the clear. 😀

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Kristen Burton 1 year ago

Mine had a tantrum Bc I cut his san

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Deanne McLellan 1 year ago

You could be right about that

Lisa Franklin Smith 1 year ago

#21 in our house…His big sister touched him.

Kristen Zimmerman Miner 1 year ago

This is classic!!

Vicky Howard-Schultz 1 year ago

I actually read this even though my kids are grown and have left home. Toooo funny.

Karissa Lynne Clausen 1 year ago

True story

Katy Graham 1 year ago

That’s why I do all that I can so those poor boys don’t have rough days

Kacee Adgate Greer 1 year ago

# 19 is my fav!

Samantha Arriaga 1 year ago

This sounds like the horrible days that my 9 month old son and my 4 year old and 1 year old nephews have in a daily basis

Elize van der Walt 1 year ago

Oh the toughness…of MOM’s day!!! Cute blog.
Vividly remember these

Valerie Hale 1 year ago

Complete with exaggerated, frustrated growls and hands thrown down by her side .. I can see how my 2 year old has a rough day, too! Ah kids… lol

Allie McCurley Wilson 1 year ago

#11. Pitches a fit every time I change him! I tell my 2 year old son if he hates diaper changes so much maybe he should start using the potty for #2 too instead of demanding I put a diaper on so he can go #2. Why is pooping in the potty so traumatizing? He’s been pee peeing in potty for 9 months now. Lol I just don’t get it!


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