You know how mad you get when you're fighting with your partner and they tell you to calm down? Yeah. Works the same way with toddlers, which is to say, not at all.
If they knew, they would probably tell you. But dollars to donuts they're not crying about any of the things they got mad about in the first place. The tantrum has evolved, it's anyone's guess.
The tantruming toddler does not appreciate being laughed at. Being laughed at will ratchet that tantrum up to Defcon 10 in seconds.
Your 3-year old is literally writhing around on the floor turning various shades of purple from rage. If they could use their words, we're pretty sure those words would be "Fuck You."
Yes, logically the toddler knows that putting the iPad in the bathtub would result in the iPad taking a shit and dying. But the toddler does not care right now. The toddler was proved wrong, and they are salty about it.
Listen, if you're not going to follow through with the threat, don't make it. Especially when the kid is already 1836 kinds of pissed. However, if you have every intention of tossing all their shit, we raise our wine glass to you.
"Oh, this is annoying you? Then I'm going to do it even more!" That's what goes through a toddler's mind when they hear that.
We know it's tempting, but bribing a tantruming toddler is a bad idea. Save the bribery for potty training and the occasional bedtime.
Your kid has literally NO idea why they're losing their shit at that moment. When you make their behavior a personal attack on you, it'll likely upset them even more.
LOL at trying to reason with a kid during a toddler tantrum. Now is not the time! During a tantrum, a toddler is quite possible the most unreasonable creature on the planet.
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