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10 Ways Toddlers Just Love to Add Insult to Injury

Tough love

Toddler love can be pretty tough

It’s pretty much textbook toddler behavior: Making the life of their parents as difficult as possible. It’s all about growing and exploring and testing boundaries and some other stuff like that.

But whatever the perfectly normal reasons are for their outrageously inappropriate and annoying and frustrating and messy behavior, it still stings. Often.

Here are 10 particularly special ways toddlers just loooooove to add insult to injury:


  • Hair Pulling 1 of 10
    Hair Pulling
    You reach down to pick up the food they intentionally dropped from their high chair, and each and every time you get down to the ground, they pull your hair as you're cleaning.
  • Rub-A-Dub-Dub 2 of 10
    Rub-A-Dub-Dub
    You spend 45 minutes wrestling with your toddler in the bathtub trying to get them clean while they're monkeying around.
    As soon as you're about to give them the final rinse, the bathwater suddenly turns yellow.
  • The 5-Minute Car Nap 3 of 10
    The 5-Minute Car Nap
    You drive around forever trying to get them to sleep, and just when you've given up and are four blocks from home, they fall asleep.
    When you try to transfer them inside to their crib, they immediately wake up and refuse to go back to sleep.
  • Tough Love 4 of 10
    Tough Love
    All day long you've been trying to cuddle with your toddler, only to be rejected at every turn.
    When Grandma and Grandpa come knocking to give you a little time off, all your toddler wants is to disappear into your lap.
  • Even Tougher Love 5 of 10
    Even Tougher Love
    All day long you've been trying to cuddle with your toddler, only to be rejected at every turn.
    When you retreat to the bathroom and shut the door for your first moment alone all day, all your toddler wants is to disappear into your lap.
  • BJ and Baby Bop 6 of 10
    BJ and Baby Bop
    Because apparently Barney's voice isn't quite grating enough.
    Photo credit: Amazon.com
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar 7 of 10
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Your toddler hasn't eaten much all day so you painstakingly prepare a failsafe meal to ensure they don't go to bed hungry.
    They fill up on the package of napkins that was on the floor of the pantry before you're finished cooking.
    Photo credit: Amazon.com
  • That’s a Wrap 8 of 10
    That's a Wrap
    You spend several weeks planning and prepping for the flawless holiday present that will most resonate with your toddler.
    They think the wrapping paper is the gift.
  • Fall Back 9 of 10
    Fall Back
    You're supposed to gain an hour of sleep when you lose an hour of daylight in the fall, but your toddler makes sure you don't lose any time together, as they rouse you even earlier than before Daylight Savings ended.
  • Diaper Blowout 10 of 10
    Diaper Blowout
    You wait until minutes before your guests arrive to change your toddler into the one outfit they own that requires dry cleaning.
    As soon as the doorbell rings, you hear and smell a diaper blowout.

Photo credits: iStock

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