“Why My Kid Is Crying”: 49 Hilariously Stupid Parenting Stories Shared On This Facebook Page Interview
Anyone who’s raised kids or worked as a babysitter knows that they can go on emotional rollercoaster rides at times. Before you know it, here come the waterworks, and you’re left there, completely stumped, trying to figure out what caused the munchkins to be in tears. It might have been something random like a pancake that was ‘too spicy’ or not being allowed to play around in horse dung.
‘Why My Kid Is Crying’ is a roaringly funny Facebook page that collects all the hilarious and silly reasons why children have ended up bawling. Scroll down for the best posts and don’t forget to say a silent prayer for these patient parents who clearly deserve a long vacation.
We were interested to learn more about 'Why My Kid is Crying,' so we got in touch with one of the co-founders, Amy, who created the page together with her friend, Erin. She was kind enough to tell Bored Panda about the idea behind the social media project and shared some great advice for overwhelmed parents. Read on for the full interview.
"The idea behind Why My Kid is Crying is mostly because kids are exhausting. They cry for the silliest reasons," the curator of the Facebook page, Amy, opened up to Bored Panda, adding that having a community you can open up to can help you get through the harder days.
"Kids can definitely be unpredictable and it's important to find humor in the chaos. Our Why My Kid is Crying page is a great way to connect with other parents who can relate to the challenges of raising kids," the mom said.
Amy said that she and her best friend, Erin, had their sons 3 days apart and that eventually became the inspiration for the entire page. "We would just share the funny stories with each other about our kids and why they were crying. So we thought other parents must be going through the same thing. We both started the page together as an outlet to just share and connect with other parents and just laugh together."
Because I wouldn't let her wear my dirty underwear around her neck like a necklace.
Her father and I wouldn't let her get hit by a car driving thru the parking lot.
The co-founder of the page agreed that parenting is definitely exhausting. "It's definitely not easy, but remember to take care of yourself too. Self-care is important and it's okay to ask for help when you need it," she told parents everywhere that they need to remember their own needs as well. You can't focus on everyone else at your own expense all the time.
"Don't forget to take breaks and spend some time doing things you enjoy. I was once told when I became a new mom, 'The days are long but the years are short.' And if that's not the truest thing ever," she said.
She's crying because I wouldn't let her pull one of my pubic hairs out while I was going to the bathroom.
Because I won't wipe his lips off his face. He doesn’t want them anymore.
Bored Panda was also curious about what parents could do when the waterworks start. The co-founder of 'Why My Kid Is Crying' shared a few useful tips (and we hope you're all taking notes, dear Pandas).
"It depends on the situation, but sometimes all you can do is comfort them and let them know that it's okay to cry. Other times, a little distraction can help," the mom offered some advice.
"Sometimes you just have to laugh through it because they're upset you used the red bowl but they actually wanted the blue one. But it's always important to remember they are little kids with big emotions just trying to learn how to deal with them and looking to you for guidance," Amy said.
I tried to take the sausage off him. TWO HOURS AFTER DINNER TIME He refused to eat it, he just wanted to hold it.
Because I couldn't put her hair back on after she cut it at grandma's house.
Probably the best way to deal with stress as a parent is to look at the types of temper tantrums featured in this list from a different perspective. Try to see the comedy in the entire situation, even if, in the moment, you’re feeling frustrated and confused. Sharing moments like this with your family, friends, and random internet strangers, can help you focus on the humor.
Another secret to staying sane as a parent is to learn to ask for help. You’re a parent, but you’re not just a parent: no matter how family-oriented you might be, you’re a human being who has other needs and ambitions. So if you feel like you’re losing the plot a little bit (read: going insane from picking up the Lego for the twelfth time that week), ask your partner for a breather.
She kept trying to drink the ketchup like a baby bottle.
Because I won't let her pull the dog's lips off his face...
Take a few hours or half a day off to be with yourself. Go on a hike. Do some exercise. Paint or read or write in silence. Or just book a hotel room, take a nice long bath, and get some well-deserved sleep. If you both need some time off together, get your relatives or pals to babysit for a little while. You shouldn’t feel guilty about needing to recharge.
In our experience, there are a few straightforward ways to deal with tears. If your kid is bawling like it’s the end of the world, you could try to distract them or make them laugh. It’s hard to be upset when you’re giggling or looking at a cute doggo. However, keep in mind that distracting someone a child from their emotions might not be good for them in the long run, so use that tactic sparingly. Something else that works equally well is simply… embracing the situation. Accept the fact that your child is upset, but don’t feel like you need to put on a performance every time there’s a tear over ridiculous stuff.
"Because she couldn’t stab her day care provider with a toy knife"
Be there for your child, support them, hear them out, but you don’t necessarily need to try and solve the problem. Because, sometimes, there’s no problem to be solved either way—your lil’ munchkin might simply be upset that you’ve set boundaries or stopped them from doing something dangerous.
Other times, your child might be tired, hungry, hurt, ill, overwhelmed, or confused. Just like we all feel, from time to time. Hug them, give them a snack, go for a walk, read a book together, find some other fun activity, or simply take a nap. Give it some time and they’ll be bright and cheerful again. Tears are a part of life, and it’s perfectly fine to be sad from time to time. Even if it is about pancakes being ‘too spicy.’
The ‘Why My Kid Is Crying’ page had just shy of 10k followers at the time of writing. The curator of the project shares photos and screenshots of parents posting about the most ridiculous stories that got their darling little angels to tear up.
We’re not going to pretend otherwise—the posts are incredibly funny. The only thing we’d advise you is to not eat or drink anything while you’re scrolling. We may or may not have chuckled a bit too strongly as we gulped down some coffee.
Because I wouldn't let him into the closet to play in the cat litter box.
The founder of the page points out that kids “cry for the silliest reasons sometimes” and that you don’t always have to look for logic where none exists.
“Find some sanity in knowing that you're not alone when your baby or toddler throws a tantrum for something silly,” the curator alludes to the fact that crying over random and silly things is a very widespread phenomenon.
Random crying is not something that’s very rare. And that’s the beauty of the page: the content is incredibly relatable. Add some hilarious situations, a dash of weirdness, and some good old-fashioned venting, and you’ve got a powerful recipe for internet content that hits just right.
The thing is that as long as the internet continues to exist and people keep on having kids, parenting stories and memes will continue to be popular. It’s an evergreen topic (like cat pics and work rants).
However, that means that there’s always going to be some tough competition to stand out from other pages that tackle parenting. Carving out a niche, like focusing on ridiculous reasons why kids cry, is one way to set yourself further apart.
When I wouldn't let her snuggle the BURNING candles. Because the non burning ones are “laaame".
Which of these posts made you laugh the hardest, Pandas? Have you or your kids cried about something as random as in these pics? What's your go-to tactic to deal with tears? Share your thoughts in the comments. Meanwhile, if you'd like some more stories about all the silly reasons why kids cry, check out Bored Panda's earlier features right here, here, and here.
Because I wouldn't let her use her marker on the couch.
I gave his sister a cookie too.
"She was crying because I didn't let her eat the rug"
I wouldn't cut his plastic banana in half.