Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Money for Meltdowns?

Have you seen reasons my son is crying? If not, check it out, especially if you have or work with kids. It's so true. And hilarious. They now have a contest to win a camera for the best photo and caption of someone else's child's meltdown. Is it wrong to profit from these very normal toddler tantrums?

Toddlers have a hard life. They are beginning to explore the world and have a yearning to learn about everything. They don't understand that the world doesn't actually revolve around them, that not everything is theirs and they can't always have everything they want. They are just beginning to develop their language skills so communicating what they want, NOW, is difficult. Hence the tantrum. For me, understanding this reality, to see my son make those adorable frustrated faces, to throw himself on the ground in positions I didn't know he could do, it's kind of funny. I can't show him my feelings, of course, I have to validate his frustration and anger so we can get through his emotions, but inside I often have a great big smile.

Is profiting off of the hilarity of Buddy's lack of communication skills ok? The Hubs thinks no. I see his point. We are trying to teach Buddy how to deal with his big emotions. We are trying to teach how to communicate  one's feelings without violence and screaming. Posting his pictures online wouldn't help this. Right now he won't see this photos, but he probably will in 10 years. So, should I enter the contest or help Buddy with his emotions in the privacy of our home (and the supermarket, park, street, yard and anywhere else he eventually throws a temper tantrum)?

Give me your votes! Preferably in the comments here so it's easier to keep track.

1 comment:

  1. Hee hee!
    I submitted a photo. :P I still laugh my butt off every time I see it. It's DD with her mouth too full of pancakes. It was all I could do not to pee my pants while it was happening, and the photo seems to convey it well.

    So... that should be a clear indicator of my vote. :)