Moms Tell All -- Revealing Their Toddler's Most Epic Tantrum

Moms Tell All -- Revealing Their Toddler's Most Epic Tantrum

These moms lived to tell the tale of their kids’ craziest tantrums.


By Kelly Bryant

Toddlers are such an anomaly -- so adorable and snuggly on the outside, yet so full of dark and stormy emotions on the inside (which erupt at the worst possible time). Tantrums are simply a fact of life when it comes to the junior set, but that doesn’t make them any less painful for parents. Here, 12 moms share their most epic moments of toddler rebellion.

1. “Lucas didn't want to be in time-out, so my husband sat down on the floor with him in the hallway (our designated time-out spot) and held him on his lap. Lucas then proceeded to pee on both of them.” -- Meridith D., Pitman, New Jersey

2. “Lily, reasonably soon after potty training, decided to take an extra pair of underwear to school. They were her ‘[princess] undies.’ After school that day, she suddenly realized her undies were still there, and apparently needed them immediately. I tried explaining school was closed. She was screaming and crying. I had to drag her out of her car seat and sling her over my shoulder just to get her in the house. Once in the house, she immediately bolted towards the door, forcing me to literally block it while holding her back. I guess she was prepared to walk to school for the underwear. After about 20 minutes, she stripped off her clothes, went into our bedroom, then jammed herself behind our bed and refused to come out for another 20 minutes. It took about an hour before she finally calmed down.” -- Ana K., Los Angeles, California

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3. “Just today at day care drop off: ‘Mommy, can you please open my juice box?’ I open the juice box. My son screams, 'No, I wanted to do it.’ He then threw himself on the floor, screaming and crying.” -- Tara R., West Milford, New Jersey

4. “Bella wouldn't eat her peanut butter and jelly sandwich and was starving by the time I picked her up from school. I offered the sandwich, and she refused. We went to the gym, and she refused the last sandwich offer before my workout. Afterwards, we stopped at the grocery, and she was in a full-out tantrum mode, screaming she's hungry while I was holding up a beat-up PB&J that she wouldn't touch. The stubbornness and tantrum lasted until we got home, then she finally gave in and ate the sandwich. She held out at least three hours!” -- Deanna P., Orlando, Florida

5. “While grocery shopping, I opened a box of graham cracker snacks for my daughter to munch on, however, she wanted to open the yogurt, and eat that. I wouldn't let her finger paint with yogurt, so a meltdown commenced. We had to leave the cart and take a screaming toddler out to the car. Most onlookers gave sympathetic looks as I carried her out. What I learned that day is that my local grocery store has excellent acoustics! I didn’t know a store filled with so much stuff could echo so loudly!” -- Erin P., Orlando, Florida

6. “We haven't had a tear-free bath in over a week. If it isn't my son’s inability to completely disrobe by himself, it is his anger that he can't regulate the bath water temperature with the power of his mind. Last night, he broke down because the water was ‘too wet.’” -- Sally U., Orange, New Jersey

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7. “Vivian melted down at bedtime, because she didn't want to go to bed. ‘It's so boring. There's nothing to do. I'm not closing my eyes. When I close my eyes all I see is dark, and that's so boring,’ she told me. I laughed, because it was kind of funny, and that made the tears way worse. I just let her carry on. I told her she could stay up all night, but I was going to shut the light out, and go to bed myself. She was asleep in 10 minutes. I'm not sure if it's the worst one, but to me, it was the funniest one.” – Cheryl C., Medfield, Massachusetts

8. “I was at a theme park alone with two of my daughters when the younger one was just a baby, and the oldest had an epic tantrum meltdown. It was horrible. She was flailing and hitting and trying to bang her head on the concrete, all while I was holding her sister. We made it to the exit, but she unhooked herself from the double stroller and tried to run into the parking lot. I had many accusing stares, and finally, a nice family came up to help me. I had to put my trust in a stranger, but I knew immediately from the way she asked to help she was my savior. She held the baby while I calmed my oldest, which back then required me to hold her tight and rock her on the ground at the entrance/exit to the park. I am still so thankful for that mom who knew what I was going through and helped without judgment.” -- Tara M., Lake Mary, Florida

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9. “My son went to the fridge to ask for a snack, but everything I took out to give him he would hold his hands out saying, ‘No! No! No!’ Then, would fall on the ground yelling for a treat. So finally I took out a plate and made him a sample of everything he normally likes, meanwhile the whole time he’s screaming, ‘No.’ I placed the plate on the coffee table for him. He walked over to it, put his hand under the plate, and purposely flipped it so the food flew everywhere! Needless to say, I flipped out and made him pick up every piece of food.” -- Heather J., Little Rock, Arkansas

10. “We were at school, and I asked Liam (who is 3) to put his jacket on before we left the classroom. He refused. I tried to convince him again, but no luck with this stubborn guy. So, I packed it away in his bag. I figured it was no big deal, because we were the first car out of the school. Preston, his brother, has been walking/running for three months now and refuses to be carried. So, as soon as we get out of the school, Preston is running down the sidewalk. Liam stops and says ‘Mommy, I want my jacket on.’ I tell him, ‘Sorry, bud, too late. We need to keep up with Preston.’ He proceeds to throw a temper tantrum at the front door of the school with parents and kids walking in and out, screaming over and over, ‘Mommy, I'm so cold! Can I please have my jacket?’ I kept refusing, because I had my hands full with his brother, their two bags, and my purse. He screamed all the way to the car how cold he was as I carried him by the waist. As soon as I got in the car, I realized that I looked like that parent." -- Katie M., Tampa, Florida

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11. “We were at the zoo on a hot summer day. We had spent the whole day there, and my 2-year-old son was beyond tired. As we started to make our way to the parking lot, he decided he would not stay in the stroller. He dumped his drink out of his cup onto the ground where everyone was walking and started crying and screaming. The only way I managed to get out of there was with him standing in the stroller with me trying to make sure he didn't fall out. All the while he is screaming bloody murder, and everyone is staring at me. Good times!” -- Christina G., Torrance, California

12. “Ceana threw a pretty great tantrum when she was 2 and 1/2 years old. She had just gotten up from a nap and was looking for me. I was out for a run at the time, so my husband told her I was gone, and she immediately had a meltdown for nearly 30 minutes. He tried picking her up and consoling her, but she just laid there, kicking her legs, flailing, and screaming. When he picked her up, she would flop down, so he left her alone. When I returned she continued to cry, so I went to fold laundry, which made her angrier and she came in and knocked over all my folded laundry. I took her into her room, set her in there, and shut the door. I told her she couldn't come out until she was ready to be calm. She threw herself against the door a few times. Cried for about 10 more minutes. Then, came out and asked if she could have a banana.”– Julie N., St. Louis, Missouri

What’s your worst toddler tantrum story?


Kelly Bryant is a freelance writer and pop culture junkie. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons. Follow her on Twitter @MsKellyBryant.

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