21 Reasons Why My Son Cries (From Age 3-5)
Blog - September 12, 2016


Little Kid Boy Crying At Home And Showing Sad MoodI was making breakfast for my three year old this morning.  Everything was on track. The baby was in his high chair eating cheerios so happily and I was sipping on my coffee.  I give him two choices and today he picked peanut butter on toast.

When I brought him the plate with toast and set it down in front of him, he started hysterically crying.

“What’s wrong?” I said.

He mumbled through the  tears throwing his arms up in the air like the world was coming to an end.  And it was!

Finally, I got him to calm down enough so that I could understand him.

“I want the toast big! I don’t want it cut!” he cried.

Are you serious? Your crying because I cut the toast in half?  Is this some kind of joke?

But it wasn’t.  He was very serious and the situation was serious.  So I quickly took care of it.

“Of course!” I said.  I will make another piece, okay?”

“Okay,” he cried.

Phew.  What’s next?

This is the kind of stress a three year puts himself under.

Stress to me is getting him to school on time.  Not forgeting his lunch.  Not forgetting his brother.  That’s stress.  Boy do I wish the most stressful part of my day is not having my toast cut in half.

But this is one of many comical situations (that are serious to him and should be treated as much) that I have watched over the course of the last two years.   I suppose it’s very real to them.  But it all seems a little farfetched.

Must he have a metldown because I don’t have any more money for the game machines?  Is he going to die if I don’t put the dustbuster away?  Will he live if  I run out of honey for his Greek yogurt?  These are all realistic problems.  But they are problems of a three year old.  I guess I need to tend to them like I would my own problems, although I just want to die laughing.  Would I give anything to have toddler problems.

So with that said, I have decided to start a list with Reason #1 today and add to it on a regular basis.  It has come to my attention that it is not going to stop any time soon.  Specifically by my son. Nobody warned me.  Who ever invented the terrible two’s must’ve been out to lunch during the Threatening Three’s (resulting to taking away favorite toys as consequences). Here goes…


1.   I peeled his banana.

2.  He can’t reach his pillow.

3.  Doesn’t want his toast to cool down.

4.  Wants to drink old water.

5.  He wanted to take his allergy medicine.

6.  I won’t let him wear his pajamas to school.

7.   He asked for five blueberries and I gave him five blueberries.

8.   I wouldn’t give him pirates booty at 8 am.

9.   I made a u-turn.

10. He dropped a napkin.

11.  I gave him strawberries and mangos, his favorite fruits.

12.  Lego Batman’s cape got caught on  his shoulder.

13.  The brown sugar in his yogurt disappeared while he was stirring it.

14.  I put toothpaste on his toothbrush.

15.  We wouldn’t take him to Arizona when we woke up this morning.

16.  The birds were chirping.

17.  My husband peeled his apple.

18.  The cheese touched his broccoli.

19.  Two pieces of corn touched his ketchup.

20.  I won’t let him do a helicopter tour.

21.  His sleeves are not flowy enough on his t-shirt.

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  1. Awh! The joys of motherhood! LOL. To a child, everything is “the end of the world.” But before your know it you’ll miss those moments. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I can so relate to all of these reasons why a 3 year old cries! I watch my just turned 3 year old grandson every day and forgot how grueling some days can be and how some days I have to turn my head so he doesn’t see me almost laugh. With that said, it’s also one of the most fun times too 🙂

  3. I love this post our 3 year old twins can be so like this especially the one twin,toast or sandwich can only be cut once.I think they have been though your list love it children just can’t predict what they will do next.

  4. Bless his heart. These are all the super disappointments he knows at his age and in some ways he’s so lucky to only have these little things as big things. 🙂 Some day he’ll be like my older teens and able to reflect on the meltdowns and “big things” as little things.

  5. Oh no! My daughter is 8, and I see my now 4-year-old niece only once a year, so I’d nearly forgotten about these days! I’m now pregnant with our second child, “What did we get ourselves into?!” is now running through my mind! 😉

  6. Lol!! Oh the joys of a toddler!! Like little OCD manics I think 😉 My son has conniptions for such random things and I always make sure to snap a picture lol!! Memories right?!?! Or blackmail maybe?? 😉

  7. This post had me cracking up laughing! I have a 6, 2, and 1 year old so I know all too well how easily they can throw a fit over the smallest thing. There needs to be a website where all moms post what their kids threw a tantrum about today, that would be hilarious!

  8. Hahahahaha! Oh the tears! Im trying not to laugh too loud and wake up the 3.5 year old. This morning I was trying to make a peanut butter and jelly waffle sandwich for my little and she started crying because I hadn’t yet put jelly on it. I explained that I was doing it then did it. Then she cried because there was jelly on her sandwich. Aaarrggg!

  9. I have a six year old, and he is just like that! Just yesterday refused to eat his hash brown because the ketchup I put on top got warm from the freshly cooked hash brown. He wanted the ketchup cold. I had to make him a new hash brown without ketchup. Yeah.

  10. I remember one of my son’s crying @ a fast food restaurant because the lettuce was either shredded or unshredded. It seemed ridiculous but their world is so small that these things become a big deal.

  11. My daughter has a lot of moments like these. Even as a teen she still has moments that make her upset, that I’m shaking my head at, lol.

  12. I have 5 kids and 3 stepkids I’m raising, so at times am so exhausted but so full of love. I read this post after having a small private cry after being overwhelmed. Good to know my 5 year olds crying is not unique.

  13. I have 4 grown children and 8 grandchildren. We have gone through some of the same issues. All I can say is as they get older, the problems come more serious but keep your humorous attitude and you will survive.

  14. Oh gosh, I got so tickled reading this because my son is 3! Lol, it’s an everyday battle, isn’t it but so much fun as long as you can keep a sense of humor. 😉 thanks for the laugh!

  15. I sympathize with you! My 4 year old nephew is the same way! If he wants a candy cane, a chocolate, or even a cracker…and you break it, while opening it, his whole day is destroyed!!! You have to get a whole new one, and try to unwrap it without breaking it!

  16. This is so funny to read, but not so funny when I am facing it myself. My three year old is exactly the same. Quick to cry and quick to stop as well.

  17. This so sounds like my almost three year old, I was laughing so hard. When they are happening however they are not so funny most of the time because it’s truly the end of the world for him.

  18. I’m sure that when these situations present themselves, sometimes they’re not funny, but I have to tell you…this post gave me a big chuckle on this rainy hump day! Thank you for sharing!

  19. I love this post! It is so true! My grandson routinely has melt downs for the silliest reasons but I have to remember they’re not silly to him.

  20. I feel your pain – the biggest thing my son cries about is when he asks for something and I give it to him and he says he wanted something else. I either need my ears cleaned or my son is losing his mind!

  21. That’s it! I’ve regressed because almost everything on his list makes me cry too. Show him this list when he’s 15, he’ll love you for it.

  22. This even happens at memaws house. She has been through it once and now when the grandkids visit. I kind of want to laugh when after an hour she yells, alright I’m calling your dad and he is picking you up. LOL

  23. My 2.5 yr old just started doing this sometime last month. I feel for him every time he is unable to communicate exactly what he wants but sometimes i wish it wasn’t such a production every time I grab the wrong flavor of juice from the fridge.

  24. This is so funny! Don’t you just love a toddler’s thought process? Some day we’ll miss them being so little. Cherish them just a little more while they’re young 🙂

  25. I remember these days very well! My son will be 23 in a few weeks and he does not have the meltdown cries, however, he does come from work a bit moody sometimes, looking like he wants to have a 3 year old meltdown, lol!

  26. To read you talk about being a mother makes it sound so much more funny and rewarding than other people. I have enjoyed this. My husband and I are looking into adoption right now and I wasn’t really sure if I had it in me to be a mother. If I can keep the attitude you have I will be a great mother.

  27. I can relate to this because I can see all those things on my niece. These are what makes children so adorable 😀

  28. Ahahahah God, reason 6 and 7 are hilarious! The main problems with kids this young is that they exaggerate every little thing. Look to the bright side: you have pretty funny stories to tell!

  29. Those are hilarious reasons! Everything is a big deal for kids. It’s important to tend to their problems as you said, so you are not laughing at their emotional distress or brushing it off as if their feelings are not valid. Even if the reason for them crying seems silly to you. But there’s nothing wrong with having a laugh about it later when they aren’t around! Lol

  30. Sometimes Children cry over something and you think it is one thing and its really another. I remember those days and am reliving them with my Granddaughter. Her big thing now is crying over more jelly than peanut butter on her sandwich.

  31. In my experience they cry more…and demand their way when they are continually given into to…love, compassion & rules are important…& I’ve dealt with it all, but when I started setting the boundaries & refusing to let the three year old dictate life things got easier & there were less tears…it’s also how they learn to grow as the unique little individuals they are.

  32. I know the feeling! We go through this every day around nap time. Why do they do this to us?

    PS: We just got the LEGO Batman for our firstborn and he LOVES it.

  33. This is so funny! My kids are all gown adults now, but this takes me back.

    My daughter, when she was two, started crying after I mentioned that her great grandmother was going to babysit her for a bit. She is distraught and I was trying to figure out what the issue was. She finally blurts out what it was distraughtly. “I DON’T WANT TO GO TO GREAT GRANDMA LILLIES…SHE MAKES ME WATCH
    OKLACCCCCOMA ALL DAY!” Oklahoma, the musical. I died laughing. As we walked into her house, Sweet Great Grandma Lilly says, “Little Miss Natalie, I’ll put your favorite movie on…Oklahoma!”

    Needless to say, Grandma Lillie had no idea that Natalie hated watching that movie.


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