Big Girls Don’t Cry: 18 Ridiculous Reasons My Kids Cry

If there is one thing my kids do well, it is cry. They came into this world crying and they haven’t really stopped since. Children cry for so many different reasons, I can’t even keep track of them all… Mommy leaving, not wanting to eat their veggies, getting hurt – you name it. But, most of the time they cry for completely ridiculous reasons that don’t even make any sense. Crying seems to be the very first reaction to anything. I have had to learn to decipher the difference between the “sticker ripped” cry and the “I fell off the top of the swing set and broke my leg” cry. I’ll be honest…sometimes it is hard to tell!

Here are 18 non-life threatening reasons that my kids cry:

  1. I ask them to wear pants outside.
  2. Tell them to take a shower.
  3. We ran out of paper towels.
  4. The chair was stuck.
  5. Her teeth aren’t working (Ummm…what?).
  6. The granola bar broke into two pieces.
  7. She can’t put on an infant shoe when she is 3.
  8. It wasn’t her birthday.
  9. Barbie is not a boy.
  10. Cat food is not for kids to eat.
  11. I won’t let her eat chalk.
  12. The dog is “copying” her.
  13. I made her eggs on the stove, not the microwave.
  14. He doesn’t want to go to college. (He was 4 when he said this.)
  15. The sprinkler got her wet.
  16. The rain is not hot.
  17. His little sister is not a boy.
  18. He is afraid of his wee wee.

In all fairness, I probably cry for silly reasons too.  In fact, my kids make me cry all the time.  Sometimes, it’s because they are growing up too quickly. Sometimes, it’s because they frustrate me or make me angry.  And sometimes…it’s because I am laughing so hard at the ridiculous reasons they are crying!

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Barrie Bismark

Barrie Bismark is sarcastic, vocal, stubborn, strong-willed, and kind of a pain in the ass. She’s been married to her husband for 11 years and has three beautiful children: a boy (8), girl (6), and girl (3). Barrie currently works full-time and in her free time she enjoys…oh wait – she has no free time. She loves spending as much time as she can with her husband and children. Being a mom is one of the hardest things she has ever done, but also one of the most rewarding. She is amazed every day at the chaos, laughs, adventures, and exhaustion that motherhood brings.

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6 thoughts on “Big Girls Don’t Cry: 18 Ridiculous Reasons My Kids Cry

  • November 22, 2016 at 10:04 am

    LMAO! Found you through the happy now blog link up & so glad I did. This list literally made me lol because it’s so true. Happy Tuesday!

  • November 19, 2016 at 8:51 am

    These lists are always so much fun. Kids cry for some of the most ridiculous reasons. #5 and #12 definitely got me giggling. Thanks for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  • November 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    #6: It doesn’t always work, but those are the times I yell real quick “Yay! Now you have TWO granola bars!” and hope he takes the bait…

  • November 12, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Haha, this made me laugh! Sounds a bit like my children!

    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes


  • November 10, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    My kids cry for the silliest reason’s, too! Reading your list made me laugh and feel just a bit better about my cry babies! Thanks for sharing!


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