It’s so fun to unexpectedly discover something you’re really good at; like the moment you realize you bake a mean coconut macaroon (eh-em).
And then there are things you don’t necessarily want to be good at but rock anyway; like pissing off your toddler (which I’ve apparently mastered). Whether it’s a talent or a skill, I’ve somehow become exceptionally proficient in provoking meltdowns. No effort required! When it comes to eliciting fits of fury, I am the reigning queen mom expert here to share my intel. These are just a handful of tried and tested ways to piss your toddler off:
- Ask them if they want something when they don’t.
- Pick them up when it’s time to leave.
- Say no. Works every time.
- Secure your toddler in their car seat.
- Stop at a red light.
- Intercept your bundle of joy as they fall off the couch.
- Talk on the phone.
- Try to feed them vegetables. Sometimes, feeding them anything does the trick.
- Approach them too quickly. Especially in the morning.
- Change their clothes.
- Change their diaper.
- Take something out of their hands.
- Refuse their request for cookies.
- Misunderstand their babble.
- Restrict them in any way.
If you haven’t caught on, let me explain: everything pisses off a toddler. Though the screams, the flailing deadweight body thrashes, and the physical abuse I put up with on a daily basis is hard on the nerves, I’ve accepted the terribles and my skilled ability to provoke it. And quite honestly, if you’re not pissing off your toddler, you’re doing it wrong.