March 13, 2018 02:21:17by

Mum's photo of toddler's tantrum makes parents cry with new 'terrible twos' take

Mum\'s photo of toddler\'s tantrum makes parents cry with new \'terrible twos\' take

You don't have to be a parent to know what's meant by the "terribe twos".

That not-so-golden age your previously adorable toddle reaches when they morph into micro-despots is infamous.

As for what lies at the root of those toddler tantrums, this isn't easy for a frazzled mum or dad to pin down - or understand.

One mum, however, has offered a different perspective to usual narrative - and it's as moving as it is enlightening.

Mary Katherine Backstrom was experiencing a textbook tantrum with her toddler daughter Holland recently and took a photo to share her pain with her husband.

Later that day, however, she stumbled across a poem posted to a mum's group she followed on Facebook , and it struck such a chord with her , she felt moved to share it.

"Today I woke up and wanted to get dressed by myself but was told 'No, we don’t have time, let me do it.'

"This made me sad.

"I wanted to feed myself for breakfast but was told, 'No, you’re too messy, let me do it for you.'

"This made me feel frustrated.

"I wanted to walk to the car and get in on my own but was told, 'No, we need to get going, we don't have time. Let me do it.'

"This made me cry.

"I wanted to get out of the car on my own but was told 'No, we don’t have time, let me do it.'

"This made me want to run away.

"Later I wanted to play with blocks but was told 'no, not like that, like this…'

"I decided I didn't want to play with blocks anymore. I wanted to play with a doll that someone else had, so I took it. I was told 'No, don't do that! You have to share.'

"I'm not sure what I did, but it made me sad. So I cried. I wanted a hug but was told 'No, you’re fine, go play.'

"I'm being told it’s time to pick up. I know this because someone keeps saying, 'Go pick up your toys.'

"I am not sure what to do, I am waiting for someone to show me.

"'What are you doing? Why are you just standing there? Pick up your toys, now!'

"I was not allowed to dress myself or move my own body to get to where I needed to go, but now I am being asked to pick things up.

"I'm not sure what to do. Is someone supposed to show me how to do this? Where do I start? Where do these things go? I am hearing a lot of words but I do not understand what is being asked of me. I am scared and do not move.

"I lay down on the floor and cry.

"When it was time to eat I wanted to get my own food but was told “no, you’re too little. Let me do it.”

"This made me feel small. I tried to eat the food in front of me but I did not put it there and someone keeps saying 'Here, try this, eat this…' and putting things in my face.

"I didn't want to eat anymore. This made me want to throw things and cry.

"I can't get down from the table because no one will let me…because I’m too small and I can’t.

"They keep saying I have to take a bite. This makes me cry more.

"I'm hungry and frustrated and sad. I'm tired and I need someone to hold me. I do not feel safe or in control. This makes me scared. I cry even more.

"I am 2. No one will let me dress myself, no one will let me move my own body where it needs to go, no one will let me attend to my own needs.

"However, I am expected to know how to share, 'listen', or 'wait a minute'.

"I am expected to know what to say and how to act or handle my emotions. I am expected to sit still or know that if I throw something it might break….But, I do NOT know these things.

"I am not allowed to practice my skills of walking, pushing, pulling, zipping, buttoning, pouring, serving, climbing, running, throwing or doing things that I know I can do.

"Things that interest me and make me curious, these are the things I am NOT allowed to do.

"I am 2. I am not terrible…I am frustrated. I am nervous, stressed out, overwhelmed, and confused. I need a hug."

Backstrom's post got an incredible - and emotional - reaction from other parents with whom it resonated.

"They will never remember why we are in a hurry or why we are late. They will remember Mom let me do this or that on my own. I would rather be late for something than destroy my children’s memories. But that's just me."

Another wrote: "LOVE! Little doesn't mean lesser! Little guys and gals need big love and someone ready to stop talking and listen, even when no words are said. Respect your babies."

"This made me cry," one admitted. "I try so hard to be a great mom. I have a 7 year old and a one year old.

"I let my 7 year old dress herself and I try to work with both in learning how to do things. Life itself is chaos but the little moments with your children last a lifetime.

"This about made me cry," read another comment.

"I wish this would come with each newborn. I'm a grandma and a great grandma. I had my son at a very early age and wish someone had told me these things or shown me this."