From an adult's perspective, toddlers have it easy. Their day primarily consists of play and naps, with a few meals and snacks thrown in here and there. But when your vocabulary and your motor skills can't keep up with your ambition and you're constantly being told what to do, being a toddler can be pretty tough. It almost makes you understand why they would have a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store. But if you think your little one has a more serious case of the blues, you might want to look for some of the signs your toddler is unhappy.
Like adults, it's not uncommon for toddlers to feel a little blue from time to time. But there are signs you can look for that signal something more serious happening. Changes in sleep habits, frequent outbursts, and excessive clinginess are just a few of the signs that your toddler is unhappy about something. If your child's symptoms seem to be unending, you may want your pediatrician to take a closer look. According to WebMD, if your child's sadness is persistent and seems to interfere with his daily activities, he may be depressed.
Although you shouldn't worry every time your child appears unhappy, you should acknowledge that even toddlers have real feelings. Work with your pediatrician to rule out depression or other mental illness, and do your best to let him express his emotions, even if that means a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store.