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In previous lives, former Babble Deputy Editor Mira Jacob was the parenting editor at Yahoo! Shine, a writer for VH1's Pop-Up Video, the author of Kenneth Cole's Footnotes and Dan Savage's research monkey. These days, she runs Pete's Reading Series in Brooklyn, gets way too competitive in Scrabble, and likes fiction to the point where she doesn't mind being lied to, as long as it's entertaining. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband (a filmmaker), and their toddler son (a tyrant).

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“Where’s Your Mother?” … and 13 Other Things I Think When My Kid’s Having a Tantrum

By Mira Jacob |

Listen, I understand the need for compassion when it comes to raising toddlers. I get that I need to be conscious of my son’s perspective and remember that he’s just going through all the normal developmental stuff. But honestly, when the kid decides to travel through Dante’s nine circles of hell and bring anyone within earshot with him, it’s hard for me to find my inner Gandhi. Here’s what really goes through my mind:

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Is your face supposed to be that color?

Because I’m not sure it is, and I’m not sure what I can do about it, but it sure scares the hell out of me.

 

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In previous lives, former Babble Deputy Editor Mira Jacob was the parenting editor at Yahoo! Shine, a writer for VH1's Pop-Up Video, the author of Kenneth Cole's Footnotes and Dan Savage's research monkey. These days, she runs Pete's Reading Series in Brooklyn, gets way too competitive in Scrabble, and likes fiction to the point where she doesn't mind being lied to, as long as it's entertaining. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband (a filmmaker), and their toddler son (a tyrant).

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4 thoughts on ““Where’s Your Mother?” … and 13 Other Things I Think When My Kid’s Having a Tantrum

  1. Karen says:

    Oh these made me LOL. Thanks for the visuals too!

  2. christine says:

    yeah, just be thankful that yours is a “typically” or as you say “normally” developing child. tantrums can happen many times a day for my kid with aspbergers.

  3. [...] “Where’s your mother?” … and 13 other things I think when my kid’s having a tantrum [...]

  4. amanda says:

    @Christine: We all deal with different trials in life. Having a typical “normal” child doesn’t mean people can’t have their days where they wish they were somewhere else. I have a severely disabled daughter. I don’t go around telling people to suck it up and feel lucky just because their kid, who CAN walk, is running around like a nutcase, meanwhile I can barely walk because that morning I pulled 3 different muscles just putting mine into her wheelchair. Or the fact that I’ve lost a child doesn’t give me the right to belittle a new mother’s lack of sleep. You take what you’re dealt with and you live with it. You either live with it well, or you live with it poorly. Also, it’s Asperger’s.

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