Parenting a toddler is not for the faint of heart. Whether it's your precious 1-year-old who doesn't have the words to communicate, your terrible 2-year-old who is testing their boundaries or a terrorist, or your 3-year-old who's impossible to manage; you have your work cut out for you. It's even more difficult when these tantrums happen in public. The rude comments seem to outweigh the knowing glances. Ever wonder what your toddler is thinking during a public tantrum? I have your translation guide right here.
Sometimes, the cause of a tantrum is simpler that you think. A wise mom once taught me the acronym H.A.L.T., which stands for "hungry, angry, lonely, and tired." Nine times out of ten, I've come to realize that one of these things is causing my precious children to have some not so precious moments. The other one time out of ten, it's a mystery. Let's face it. Kids are weird.
There may even come a point when you can prevent these tantrums from happening in the first place. That's the dream, you guys. You'll find yourself sitting in the parking lot, in awe that you just took your children shopping and everyone is happy and in one piece. *high five* Other days, you'll let them fall asleep in the car and stop at the drive thru for a latte on the way home, because there's no way you're waking your hellion up and there's no way you're going to survive the rest of the day without your fourth cup of coffee.
In the meantime, use this handy translation guide for your toddler's tantrums. Just remember: never negotiate with terrorists. I mean toddlers.