It was bound to happen soon.  The public temper tantrum.  I can hardly blame the kid for a few reasons….we are in the process of moving so both of our lives are a bit hectic…and the store was taunting my child.

I know, I know what you’re thinking, “the store was taunting him, really?”.  But I should tell you, my son is obsessed with cars and trucks.  OBSESSED.  I mean, he brought his own toy truck into Target that day and showed it to everyone while saying “TUC!” (that is how he says truck).

I went to the back of the store to grab diapers.  HJ got very excited pointing to a sippy cup and shouting “CAR!!” (from the Pixar movie)

I told him, yes, good job, that is a car.  But then the next aisle had lots of cars (I am blaming Pixar for this).  HJ was getting restless and excited.  Then I go the bath aisle.  And did you know the Cars movie is selling EVERY TYPE OF PRODUCT IMAGINABLE?!?!   This is where chaos ensued.  HJ Threw himself out of the cart and started running around screaming CAR CAR CAR!!!  The next aisle had CAR pillows that he threw onto the floor while shouting at me.  While I picked those up and said something along the lines of  “No no my precious child”, I looked over just in time to see him pick up a CAR piggy bank and get ready to slam it down onto the ground.  By this time, he is screaming and I am frazzled.  I tell him we are leaving and begin to walk away.  I make it part way down the aisle when HJ yells, “NO!” and then grabs a hold of my knit skirt and runs away.  Pulling my skirt down.  At Target.  On a busy Sunday.  Exposing my underwear covered booty to the store.  A family walked by me looking horrifed…I am hoping it was because of my screaming child and not because I was standing there in my underwear…but I think it was the underwear.

Anyone else have embarrassing tantrum stories?  Please. please tell me I am not alone.

4 Thoughts on “Tantrum..and why I blame Pixar

  1. You are SO not alone! As the mother of an (almost) six year old, I’ve got some serious stories of public tantrums. I probably couldn’t even tell you the worst one. Now, my son thinks it’s funny to say random things in the store like “Please, lady, don’t steal me!” or “Oh no, you’re going to beat me when we get home aren’t you?”. He learned it from his dad. Scarily enough, I get weird looks but no one has ever actually said anything to me about it. The way I looked at it (when Ty was young and tantrums were the worst thing I had to deal with), other parents understand. Those that don’t have kids, and DON’T understand, I couldn’t give two toots about their opinion. At least it got me through the day. Now, I just have to worry about Child Protective Services showing up at my door because some good hearted stranger thinks there is some poor child who has either been kidnapped or beaten by me.

  2. Rebekah was less than a year old, we as a family were flying home from New Jersey. I still shutter to this day when I think about that flight…I think she had an ear ache or maybe she was just hungry…my wife was still nursing her, she didn’t like a bottle, or anything else….and she starting having a screaming fit in the plane while we were still on the ground @ the airport. you could cut the tension in the air with an knife 🙂 remember one of the passengers offering his car keys…anything to stop this screaming baby…finally, wife said, what the heck, and she started nursing her. We’re talking back in the mid 80’s when you rarely saw someone do that in public…yep, having a major conflict in public w/ your toddler is no fun…about as embarrassing as what happened to you @ Target 🙂 ah, the joys of parenting. ps I just read the two posts about your legal dealings w/ HJ’s dad. It makes me sad and I don’t even know you all. Hope you have a strong network of extended family support. You are so real. dm

    • I am lucky to have an amazing family and extremely supportive friends! But it still feels like a void is there, I hate that that feeling doesn’t go away!

      • I think the void is universal..even when you’re married. My wife and I have been married for 32 yrs..we are still best friends etc. etc. and yet there are still times when I too feel a “void” I think it’s a desire to be appreciated, and loved for who I am.

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