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There's just no rhyme and reason to a toddler's moods sometimes. They're tempestuous creatures: Be kinder to them: They don't know what the hell's going on most of the time.

The meltdowns, as you can imagine, can run the gamut from annoying to downright hilarious, as Redditor mirarom discovered when they asked parents, "Redditors with toddlers, what's the most recent illogical breakdown they've had?" These parents thankfully still have their senses of humor intact.


"Nothing worked."

I'm a nanny, we are driving home from preschool. Enter his neighborhood

Him "YOU SAID WE WERE GOING HOME.."

me "we are"

Him "NO THIS IS NOT MY HOUSE

Me "I know but we are driving there"

Him "THIS ISNT THE WAY TO MY HOUSE" *pulls up to house"

me "see child we are here"

Him "THIS IS NOT MY HOUSE" He Repeats screaming and crying for about 15 minutes as I try to prove it's his house via his animals and room and toys. Nothing worked. I actually became paranoid that this was not his house and I was in some strangers house with the same pets. The child got to my head.

wet_lasagna

"...so he was stuck inside."

Because the imaginary door on his imaginary fire truck wouldn't open, so he was stuck inside.

napana

"I asked my dad what initially set him off though."

My son was basically upset I missed the tantrum he had started to throw for grandpa... He was doing his face in the carpet, kicking feet, over the top fake crying when I guess he realized he was missing something.

So he came upstairs, grabbed my hand, huffed and puffed angrily while walking me directly next to Grandpa, totally positioned me for the show, and got right back into meltdown mode. Looking up every so often to make sure we were still watching it.

I asked my dad what initially set him off though. He said he shut off his own show and didn't know what else to do.

Danniixsaurr

"The enraged, sobbing wail from back seat of my car..."

The enraged, sobbing wail from the back seat of my car "He's looking out my window"

My youngest was mad because his brother was looking out of "his" window instead of the other one.

RavnNite

"He already finished eating it."

My girlfriend-at-the-time texted me when she was looking after her 3 year old brother.

"Josh is crying because he doesn't want an icecream.

He already finished eating it. This was 15 minutes ago."

KingGumboot

"My mom would then ask..."

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My mom used to offer food to my brother. He'd clearly say no. My mom would then ask,

"Are you sure you don't want this? Because I'm going to eat if you don't want it. This piece of food, right here."

"No..."

Eats it

45 minute tantrum with hyperventilating crying

Miseryy

"It was just a glance..."

8 year old sister was looking at her. It was just a glance, but my 3 year old went into a f---ing rage.

everybodyknowsdikbut

"My little kraken just slept..."

My little kraken just slept... after a raging tantrum because i did not let him chew on the connected cables.

I'm just trying to keep you alive buddy, I swear.

O_oHaniG

"Breakdown."

They wanted another chicken nugget, so I gave them another chicken nugget.

Breakdown.

gloomyquelledbasket

"Buddy, it's not our car!"

I wouldn't let him get in the car parked next to us. Buddy, its not out car!

jeannes83

"Thankfully she's a young toddler..."

I wouldn't let her put crayons in my ear.

Full-on dropping to the ground, wailing and sobbing like I'd killed our cat in front of her. I would tell her we don't put stuff in our ears, which would make her sob louder.

Thankfully she's a young toddler and easily distracted, so it only lasted a few minutes.

justhereforjustno

WHAT?

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That my mom was not my mom but her grandma.

ApplesPeaches

"She yells at people..."

Elevators... My kid thinks people get on them to die! I have shown her that it's okay, even ridden one up and down with her (while she screamed the entire time). I just don't get it. She yells at people not to get on the elevator! Screeches and is terrified if someone she loves gets on one...

Tassidar

"...and passed out."

2 AM, 2 year old wakes up due to bad dream. Asks his mother to put the "blanket up" I.e. cover him with the blanket. She proceeds to do so and he yells "NOT LIKE THIS, LIKE THIS!" and holds the blanket six inches above his body.

So my wife takes the blanket and holds it above him, then let's go and it falls. He gets mad. "LIKE THISSSSSS!"

He expected my wife to be able to make the blanket float six inches above him for the entire night.

30 minutes of crying later he conceded that he had lost his fight against gravity and passed out.

BoilerUp218

"Spoiler alert."

My daughter dropped a pretzel and the dog ate it. She started bawling and threw her entire cup of pretzels on the floor. Spoiler alert: the dog at those too.

PicaRuler

"Sydney!"

Me: Sydney, Mommy came in your room and gave you a kiss while you were sleeping last night. I missed you because I wasn't home when Daddy put you to bed.

Sydney, 3 yrs old: immediately begins hysterically crying and yelling, YOU DIDN'T COME IN MY ROOM BECAUSE I WASN'T SLEEPING!!

Me: Okay, Syd, you're right, I didn't come in your room, I only went into Avery's room.

Sydney: still crying 20 minutes later, I WASN'T SLEEPING!

batmangela

"Guess who got a new cookie."

Yesterday my son cried because he didn't want to finish his chewed up cookie. He basically put it in his mouth, sucked on it, and then spit it into my hand. And then he decided he wanted a new cookie. I told him he can't have a new cookie because I knew he was going to keep doing it. Plus the cookie he spit into my hand was fine lol. Cue mental breakdown. He's 1 1/2. Guess who got a new cookie.

meechthehighelf

"Suddenly my toddler noticed..."

My husband wanted a hug from me so I was about to go give him one. Suddenly my toddler noticed and screamed "NOOOOOO only I can give daddy love!" and proceeded to have a meltdown while pushing me away and hugging him. She instantly calmed down, glared at me, and said "you're not allowed to hug daddy, daddy's love is mine."

thunder_putz

Key word: "Tried."

My daughter tried to wipe off my tattoo and went into full tantrum mode when it wouldn't come off.

rachelgreen08

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

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