Being a parent means traveling everywhere with a small, irrational human who at any point might completely lose their chill. There are also joys to parenting, but this thread started by Twitter user @SparkyROAR is definitely focused on the "losing their chill" part.
@SparkyROAR posted a photo (taken with the parent's permission) of a kid lodging a silent protest against his color coordinated accessories:
But it was taken with absolute admiration for the child's commitment:
It feels like its literally 5 degrees right now and this kid is so dedicated to the tantrum that cold ass concrete doesnt even phase him. Honestly, i’m impressed— a real dinosaur (@SparkyROAR) January 13, 2018
Everyone commiserated with how odd child behavior is, but also how funny?
why do kids throw fits over the weirdest shit they're like small drunk people— Kaylyn⚰️🐾 (@Coffinpaws) January 14, 2018
My kid has done this, not for this reason or outside, but the motionless flop “I AM UPSET AND THIS IS MY NON-VIOLENT PROTEST”— 🐾 Spazz 🐾 (@SpazzFox) January 14, 2018
The dad was laughing the whole time when he told me what was happening. He said at least his son was being peaceful and not screaming LOL— a real dinosaur (@SparkyROAR) January 14, 2018
It’s true tho! Whenever you see that screaming kid in public, trust me, the parents (unless they’re awful) are thinking “OMG PLEASE STOP EVERYONE IS JUDGING ME”— 🐾 Spazz 🐾 (@SpazzFox) January 14, 2018
Then the stories from parents of all the things that have been upsetting their little weirdoes came out:
My kid refused to go to bed unless he slept with a potato.— Kay Mathers (@KayMathers1) January 14, 2018
No. He also slept with a yard stick for a while. He's a very funny little guy.— Kay Mathers (@KayMathers1) January 14, 2018
Kids love toilets:
That's funny 😂 Mine spent 12 months sleeping with toilet roll innards on both arms 🤷🏻♀️ also funny little guy - you wonder what type of adults they'll make 🤔— Selina Shaw (@ladyhoghton) January 14, 2018
I once let my 2-year-old out of my sight for less than 60 seconds. He was in the bathroom dipping toilet paper in the toilet and eating it.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) January 15, 2018
But food is a minefield:
My kid had her 1st tantrum because her plate was blue. When they're tired & hungry say goodbye to reason.— MadClimber (@skeptickin) January 14, 2018
don't ever cut any food without asking, you can't put it back together again— yasmin hassan (@neville_oz) January 14, 2018
I once took a banana all the way out of the peel without checking first NEVER AGAIN.— Katie Sweeney (@k8iedid) January 14, 2018
i once put my kids yogurt into a bowl. the tantrum lasted HOURS— Maddie Long Legs (@maddiemantis) January 15, 2018
Travel is dangerous:
My kid once had a tantrum because his pants were too gentle. Also flipped out because the car didn’t say "good morning" back to him.— YourFavBlackAuntie (@greendoondoon) January 14, 2018
And colors? Forget it.
When my sons were toddlers, it was green. If they had to wear any other color than green, complete melt down. Both of them, at once, would scream and throw themselves to the ground. Horrifying.— M Miller #resisting (@Resisting2016) January 14, 2018
Also, many responsible adults pointed out that usually when kids are having a freak out, it's because they're tired or hungry and too stressed out to express that verbally. It is duly acknowledged that it's perhaps not nice to laugh at a kid in distress, even if it seems to be over something ridiculous. But being a parent is also hard, and if you can't laugh about your kid wanting to lick the plunger, you just might cry, too.
Let's just face it: kids are weird.