15 Ridiculous Reasons Why My Toddler Had A Tantrum

As a parent, I don’t think there’s anything more stressful than a toddler tantrum. Like a little ticking time bomb, you’re never quite sure what the trigger will be to cause them to detonate. Whatever it is though, I think you’ll agree that it’s more than likely to happen when you’re in public. Nothing like maximising the embarrassment and declaring you as an incompetent parent to the masses.

It’s tricky though. Although a toddler meltdown is hard work, seeing their emotional outbursts are bloody funny. Before becoming a dad, never did I imagine that I’d see tears as a result of something so lame and mundane. It’s on a par with that old bloke stuck on a moon advert last Christmas. I know you shouldn’t laugh at your kid when they’re having a shit fit, but it’s a challenge not to.

On the whole, Toddler L doesn’t have that many meltdowns. She can be a bit pissy, whingey and teary depending on her mood, but generally, she’s alright. Yep, I realise that I’ve probably jinxed us now. I think this comes down to her understanding, vocabulary and ability to communicate. From what I understand of tantrums, they’re often down to kids feeling frustrated at not being able to get their point across. So, I hope the way we talk to and listen to Toddler L will help to keep the majority of emotional outbursts to a minimum.

She certainly has some telltale signs though. Prior to an emotional explosion, she’ll often get pretty sulky – the bottom lip comes out, she goes really quiet and her head bows down. My next move is often the one which dictates whether she’s going to tantrum or not. There’s also the good old fashioned ‘throw yourself to the floor with tears’ approach – this doesn’t happen too often, but she definitely has it in her locker.

When your toddler pulls this face and adopts a sitting position when out on a walk, you know you’re in for trouble.

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So, in no particularly order, I thought I’d share some of the ridiculous reasons that Toddler L has had a tantrum over the last month:

  1. She wanted me to eat a Nakd Bar because she was eating one, but I didn’t want to.
  2. I put her pink wellies on rather than her Gruffalo ones.
  3. She asked me to take her balloon off the balloon stick, so I did.
  4. I took the tampons she found in the bathroom off her when she was playing with them.
  5. She wanted the dog to sit on her knee, but he ran away.
  6. She was too tired to go to sleep.
  7. I dared to eat my chocolate chip muffin without taking the wrapper off it.
  8. She wanted to drink out of her Peppa Pig cup, not the Thomas The Tank Engine one.
  9. She didn’t understand why her comforter was wet, despite having chewed on it for a few hours in the car.
  10. I put The Gruffalo on TV instead of Bing.
  11. I wouldn’t allow her to lick the dog.
  12. She didn’t want her spare coat left at nursery.
  13. She wanted to go on the train with my brother back to his house.
  14. I got the blue play-doh out and not the red.
  15. I wouldn’t let her eat chocolate cake for breakfast.

Don’t you just love a toddler meltdown? No, me neither. And that is why I drink.

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Do any of these toddler tantrum reasons found familiar? What’s the stupidest reason your kid has had a shit fit? Let me know below!

As a bonus here’s 10 MORE reasons why my toddler had a tantrum.

  • Dave, ah yes that list is all too familiar. In particular, fits stemming from something to do with a wrong color choice, like an article of clothing or sippy cup. I am relieved to see you too had some moments of laughter over your kid’s meltdowns. There were a few explosions with my son that were so over the top that my wife and I had no choice but to quietly laugh a bit to each other.

    My son is now 4 and slowly growing away, thankfully, from manic outbursts. This list brought me back to the heart of those toddler years. Well done here.

  • Donna Wishart

    They tantrum about everything don’t they? I think Troy would cry over the effort it is to breathe! x

  • Larry

    Those list of reasons are funny.
    Also agree with you – funnier when someone else’s kid.
    Great communication surely helps but that assumes children are being rationale.

  • Jeremy Barnes

    My five year old was crying earlier because she lost the pretty rock that she was keeping in her belly button for safekeeping. It’s my fault its gone because I wouldn’t let her keep it there. Doesn’t get easier any time soon…

  • post post modern dad

    Wife comes upstairs. “Why is Tevye crying?” “Because he’s two.” “Oh.”

  • Great post Dave….. I remember those meltdowns well…. they are starting to make a reappearance now she is becoming a teen!

  • One of mine is insistent on making sure the majority of her ones are public – all the lol’s!

  • Hahaha I totally see why she was upset, I mean how could you possibly eat a muffin with the wrapper on?! Zach has had a couple of pretty major meltdowns already, and we haven’t even hit the terrible twos yet. We’ve experienced the tampon one too!

  • Shelley Jessup

    haha I so wish that as Adults we could get away with having tantrums!

  • Amy Stainthorpe

    I think I have a new favourite phrase ‘shit fit’ – my son never had a toddler tantrum until he was four then decided to do it outside of Laura Ashley. He had to pick the bloody posh shop didn’t he? Couldn’t have been Asda. Ha. Little girl had them regularly, totally different nature and the reasons were endless. Great post.

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  • Craig

    #6 hahaha. So true. My 16 month LO loves a shit fit. I never get embarrassed or frustrated. I weirdly love it. Especially when it’s in a public place. The more people around, the better. I always imagine that there’s some rotter somewhere who is getting annoyed, frustrated, sighing, tutting or getting generally pissed off at the sound of my LO freaking out and it makes me happy. So I laugh. A lot. I guess it’s because I’m a wind up merchant myself and I enjoy the fact my LO is following in my footsteps or maybe it’s because the sort of people to be annoyed with someone else’s child having a tantrum, are the sort of people who deserve to be annoyed. If that makes sense? Anyways, she doesn’t freak out too often (or as often as I would like :)) but when she does, it’s a real hoot!