All children cry when they’re hungry, tired, uncomfortable, sick or in pain. Sometimes they cry because they need affection. Toddlers and older children might also cry because they’re frustrated, sad or angry, for example.
But it can sometimes be hard to work out what your crying child needs, especially if she isn’t talking yet.
Around 1 in 10 babies cry a lot – ‘a lot’ means more than three hours a day. Babies under 12 months of age tend to cry most in the late afternoon and early evening. This can be very stressful, especially if you’re busy doing things like making dinner or giving older children a bath.
If you’re a parent, an uncle, a sibling, or have friends with small children, you know they cry for almost any reason at all. Sometimes it’s for attention, because they know they will get it if there are adults around. Other times, it is because they are confused about the big, weird, and confusing world that they are new to. Things as simple as finding out there are hot dogs inside of every corn dog (a real life trauma, if there ever was one), how (and when) to put on sunscreen, and wearing a life vest can set off the waterworks, due to pure confusion.
This list is made up of hilarious pictures that parents have taken as a way to share their exasperation with the world. It can be frustrating to be a parent and have to explain things to a kid who just doesn’t want to listen. However, finding the humor in it as you calm the child down is the sign that you’re a good parent (right?). Let’s just hope these pictures aren’t still online when these kids are old enough to know that we were all laughing at them.
Crying – all babies and children do it, and some cry a lot. But knowing this doesn’t always make it easier to cope with crying. The good news is that children tend to cry less as they grow and develop.