6 Reasons Why My Toddler Cries: Volume I

Daily life with an almost 3-year-old is far from boring. Each day I get to watch Evie explore her surroundings. I marvel at her imagination, problem solving skills, her ability to learn new things, and the various situations and trouble she invariably finds herself in. I’m constantly on my toes just trying to keep up with her.

But no matter what type of day we’re having, good or bad, there are at least six reasons why she could be crying at any given time throughout the day. Let’s take a look, shall we?

She can’t find George

A few months back, I bought her a plush version of George Pig, from her favorite cartoon, Peppa Pig. Some of you moms may be familiar with this cute little British cartoon for kids.

Anyway, George instantly became her new best friend. Now she takes him everywhere. He eats breakfast, lunch, and dinner with her (even has his own seat). She sleeps with him, takes him for walks, and to the store. She reads and sings to him, and laughs at his jokes. It is adorable how attached she is to this little guy.

If, however, at anytime he goes missing (he falls behind the bed, she puts him somewhere and forgets where it is, he got left in the car, or various other scenarios), it’s the end of the world.

She will search everywhere, or come running up to me saying, “Mommy mommy, where george?” She’ll even have this super adorable concerned expression on her face, because her baby is missing and she is very worried.

We have a small house, so he’s usually very easy to find. There was one time, though, when she had put him in her backpack with a bunch of her toys, and the backpack (for whatever reason), got moved to another room in the house and forgotten about.

We couldn’t find George for weeks. Finally, I dumped the backpack out to prepare for a trip to the grocery store, and out fell George. Evie was one happy little momma.

She doesn’t get her breakfast the second she wakes up

Toddlers are very impatient, especially when they’re hungry. Evie has started this thing lately where, if she doesn’t get her milk and cereal bar (or some resemblance of a cereal she likes) the second she wakes up, she’ll start crying.

We are working on teaching her to be patient, but that isn’t a very easy thing to do. Some mornings she’ll get distracted by a toy, or her tablet, which gives me a few extra minutes to actually wake up and get her something to eat.

Another thing she does is when she wants a snack, she’ll just point in the general direction of the kitchen and whine, then gets upset when we don’t read her mind. I’m trying to teach her to use her words and tell me what she wants, but unfortunately it’s taking a while for the concept to sink in.

I start singing

Now, I have a nice voice. It’s terribly out of shape, as it has been well over a decade since I had any formal training or used it for more than just singing lullabies. But it still sounds decent enough.

My beautiful daughter, however, absolutely does not like it when I sing. Ever. The second I break out in song (lullabies, music I’m listening to, music playing in her shows) she starts crying and telling me to stop.

I used to sing to her a lot when she was a baby, usually at bed time. Her separation anxiety is strongest when it’s time for bed, and I think part of the problem is when she hears me singing, it brings that feeling back. My hope is that she eventually grows out of that and lets me sing to her (or with her) again.

She locks herself out of her tablet and can’t get back in

Evie has a Kindle Fire tablet for kids that also has the Amazon Freetime app on it. If she’s in the Freetime app, she can’t lock herself out. However, there are times when we’ll let her watch Youtube, other educational apps, or her movies that are stored on her SD card.

She likes to press buttons, so what tends to happen in this case is she’ll lock herself out of the tablet, and doesn’t know the unlock code that I set.

Thankfully, her tablet-related meltdowns are getting less and less as she’s finally learning to just simply bring it to me and I’ll unlock it for her.

She’s trying to wrap herself in a blanket and gets tangled

Many times throughout the day, Evie loves to cozy up with her tablet to watch her videos, complete with a blanket and pillow. Not because she’s tired, but it’s a comfort thing, and it’s super cute.

However, the blanket will sometimes get twisted and she gets tangled up in it. She always manages to untangle herself, but in the process of doing so she cries and whines. Honestly, if she knew any curse words, she would probably be cursing at the blanket, too.

I told her no for the hundredth time

And the final reason my toddler cries: I told her no. Again. And again. And yet again.

There are various things in our living room that she I’m always telling her not to do because they’re either not safe, or I don’t want her to break something. These include climbing on the table where the cat tree is, opening drawers (the lock broke and I still haven’t replaced it), climbing into one of the white cubby shelves, jumping on the bed, and so much more.

However, the more I tell her “no”, instead of stopping the behavior, she just gets upset and continues doing what she’s not supposed to be doing. As a result, time out is a frequent form of discipline in our house, which also makes her cry (I guess that would be a 7th thing?).

What makes YOUR toddler cry?

Talk to me, mommas! What are the reasons that your toddler cries? Submit them to me here (either in a comment, via email, or by filling out the Contact form), and I’ll include a few of my favorites in Volume II of “Reasons My Toddler Cries”. If I get a lot of responses, there may end up being a Volume III.

If you have a mommy blog, include that in your message and I’ll be happy to provide a link to your blog if your reason is included.

Thanks for reading!

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