On the Today Show this week I saw an interview with Greg Pembroke, author of a popular blog and a new book “Reasons My Kid is Crying.”
Greg decided to make light of his toddler’s tantrums by snapping pictures mid-meltdown and then chronicling them in a blog.
Not only are the children in the pictures adorably irate, but the captions hilariously (and accurately) demonstrate the moodiness of toddlers.
Parents from all over the world began posting their own pictures and captions onto the website.
I got sidetracked for an hour looking through the posts from Pembroke and other parents.
It was cathartic to see other people’s kids crying for once.
I saw children in Australia, the Czech Republic and all over the United States crying for many of the same reasons that my kids do.
For example, one parent posted a photo with a caption that read: “His instant oatmeal was not, in fact, instant.”
Boy do I relate to this one. I now make instant oatmeal with hot water from the faucet for this very reason.
Another parent posted: “He met Santa.” And another: “He met Pope Francis.” This picture made me laugh. The pope has a pleasant smile and a twinkle in his eye while taking a picture with a kid who is screaming his head off.
I could have posted my own picture today with a caption that read: “He thought he ate all the blueberries out of his muffin.”
One of the things I like about Pembroke’s blog is that it helps parents find humor (and sanity) in the midst of all the screaming.
As a mother of a two-year-old, I also appreciate knowing that this stage is normal. Toddlers everywhere have meltdowns over the silliest things.
However, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would look like if someone were taking pictures of us adults, writing captions and chronicling our grumpy moments.
Click. “She didn’t get her morning coffee.” (The toddler poured it into his cereal).
Click. ”The world was not, for the moment, at his fingertips.” (His phone lost its internet connection).
Click. “Sixty miles per hour was not fast enough for her.” (She was running late for work and got stuck behind a slow car).
Click. “He doesn’t want to walk the extra thirty feet into the store.” (Someone stole the first row parking spot he was waiting for).
Click. “Cleaning poop off the floor is not how she pictured motherhood.” (No explanation necessary).
Click. “She’s can’t see the washer for all the clothes.”
Click. “No one has taken the garbage out.”
OK, what about the more disgruntled moments?
Click. “The toddler is behaving like a toddler.”
Click. “The line was too long.” (In a world that operates at the speed of a click, waiting has become intolerable. Thank goodness we have smartphones to keep us occupied in the meantime).
Click. “Work is, in fact, work.”
Click. “Someone else got the new car he wants but can’t afford.”
Click. “She fell victim to the mom wars.”
Click. “Her spouse didn’t know what she wanted before she asked.”
Click. ”Parenting is not easy.”
Adults and children alike have reasons for being upset, but maybe if someone were taking pictures of us we would see that (a) we are not alone and (b) the things we get upset over are often trivial.
Turns out, like the toddlers, adults get upset over some pretty silly things.
What if the camera was turned on us?