Parents flock to viral Twitter thread to share the ridiculous reasons their kids are having meltdowns
Little kids aren’t exactly known for having reasonable reactions to, well, anything. Pretty much from birth, kids can lose their ever-loving shit over practically nothing, which equals a ton of frustration for parents, but also, plenty of giggles. That’s what this hilarious viral Twitter thread full of whacky kid meltdown stories is proving.
Dad Tom Gatti started things off listing all the ridiculous reasons his three-year-old son was melting, and they’re all Extremely Toddler.
Causes of 3-year-old’s meltdowns this morning:
-Banana too small
-Top of banana slightly squashed
-Honey on porridge doesn’t sufficiently resemble “a swimming pool”
-Sister had her 1st wee before his 3rd
-Doesn’t want scooter
-Does want scooter
-Something to do with sleeves
— Tom Gatti (@Tom_Gatti) April 2, 2019
“Causes of 3-year-old’s meltdowns this morning: -Banana too small -Top of banana slightly squashed -Honey on porridge doesn’t sufficiently resemble ‘a swimming pool’ -Sister had her 1st wee before his 3rd -Doesn’t want scooter -Does want scooter -Something to do with sleeves,” he wrote.
I mean, all totally understandable, right? Squashed bananas are grounds for complete parental dismissal on their own let alone when combined with banana size gripes. Actually, bananas are a real big issue over in toddler-land.
Oh yes, bananas can cause so much upset. If they have any brown bits on them you have to call it a day. Brown bits spell trouble.— Sophie Roberts (@SophieHenRob) April 2, 2019
Bananas seem to bring on insane behaviour in a way unrivalled by any other fruit— Tom Gatti (@Tom_Gatti) April 2, 2019
And don’t even get me started on the horrors of sleeves. Also, pants can cause actual wars. At that age, my son once had a 20-minute, vein-in-the-forehead-bulging fit over having to wear shorts in blazing 90-degree summer heat and was furiously tugging them downward in the hopes that they’d grow into pants instead. In 90-degree heat. For some reason.
Like I said, little kids aren’t the most reasonable crowd — and the replies to Gatti’s original tweet truly drive that painful truth home.
Breakfast is clearly a big problem.
Food in general is a great source of angst overall. Apparently.
Gave my 3 year old daughter a cheese sandwich I'd used the board previously to chop hot chillies, she's nearly 14 now and still gives me accusing looks when I make her something to eat!— pete wilson (@wilsopw) April 2, 2019
My 3YO this morning:— Donna Patane (@DonnaPatane5) April 2, 2019
- I put tomato sauce on the plate before her egg (then washed it off)
- I put tomato sauce ON the egg instead of BESIDE it
- I left to get the baby she woke
- the baby looked at her #fml #parenting
But nothing tops all the possible pitfalls of clothes. The stories about small humans crapping out entire litters of kittens over wardrobe malfunctions are endless. Like, if I ever have another kid, I will let them wear a pillowcase if it makes them happy. It’s just not worth the fight.
OMG, my son went through the same! Every item of clothing presented to him to wear was inspected for buttons. Woe betide you if he found out he’d been tricked into wearing a pair of buttoned trousers, they’d be whipped off and a full melt down ensued.— [King•Of•Nowhere] (@HaggerDarren) April 2, 2019
My kid has regular meltdowns about ‘bumpy trousers’— ☆ Mrs G ☆ (@deeptulip) April 2, 2019
However, most meltdown moments happen over almost literally nothing, which means they’re impossible to predict — or prevent.
My best friend's (then) 3-year old had a meltdown when her Mummy came to collect her - I'd been minding her - and she was in that state of tiredness where she didn't know what she wanted or felt, other than not to leave my house and to "stay and cry all day" with me...— Alison Begas (@kamfinsa) April 2, 2019
Wanted to put her own clothes away— Gary is social media distancing (@garyhusband) April 2, 2019
Wanted to get her own clothes out
Wanted chocolate for breakfast
Didn't want to go to nursery
Wanted to drive herself to nursery
Annoyed at dog for being too waggy
Wrong music on in car.
Baby shark finally brought a smile#3yearolds
And it’s not just toddlers — babies can also be ornery little jerks in their own right, somehow, without being able to speak a single word. They’re talented like that.
My 6 month old today.
I don't want milk.
WHY AREN'T YOU FEEDING ME MILK?
This cardigan makes me angry.
I want to chew on my giraffe.
THIS GIRAFFE OFFENDS ME! https://t.co/Q2K3IH0TKM
— Rhoda Wilson (@TemplarWilson) April 2, 2019
Oh. And 12-year-olds. As the mom of an 11-year-old who spends hours of her day not speaking to me for reasons I don’t even always end up discovering, can wholeheartedly confirm.
causes of 12-year-old's meltdowns this morning:— Gaylene Parish #freenazanin (@gaylesp) April 2, 2019
having to get out of bed
having to go to school
having failed to do history homework last night
not able to find pencil case
all of the above being the fault of her mother
The rough news? It seems the unreasonable fits and tantrums over nothing at all kind of last forever. The good news? Us parents have each other (and social media) to commiserate over it and help each other survive every ridiculous phase.