14/09/2015 11:15 PM AEST | Updated 15/09/2015 11:01 AM AEST

29 Photos That Perfectly Sum Up Life With Toddlers


They've been called a**holes, dictators and tiny drunk people. But mere words don't capture what it's really like to live with a toddler.

We asked the HuffPost Parents Facebook community to show us "one photo that totally sums up what it's like to parent a toddler" and received hundreds of chaos-filled responses. From food messes to public tantrums to potty training disasters, the pictures show why this phase is known as "the terrible twos" (or is it "the terrible threes" nowadays?) 

Here are 29 parents' photos and thoughts about life with toddlers.

  • 1
    Ann McChill

    "Were you THIS excited the first time you ate an Oreo?! Grahm was!!"

  • 2
    Lindsay Pooler
  • 3
    Kimberly Hartung
  • 4
    Anna Yang
  • 5
    Tamyra Bravener
    "Who needs skin cream when peanut butter is so much better and tastier?"
  • 6
    A Paige Bagley
    "When you turn your back for two minutes and she finds red lipstick."
  • 7
    Jill Tiller
    "Who doesn't love a good coffee table omelet made by a 2-year-old while you're trying to get the 7-month-old to take a nap?"
  • 8
    Ashley Dowdy

    "You should see my house."

  • 9
    Lisa Garcia
    "When he wakes up and the first thing he wants to do is go outside but only sits still long enough to put shoes on."
  • 10
    Abby Worden
  • 11
    Lindsay Atkinson
    "Potty training at its finest."
  • 12
    Chanel Elise Latimer
    "The time he decided it was easier to keep his Goldfish in a tic tac container."
  • 13
    Sarah Dailey

    "Halloween costume in July. Only way to get him to go to the grocery store peacefully."

  • 14
    Ashly Fithian

    "His older sister gave him a marker to color with while I was cooking dinner."

  • 15
    Kelly Robinson McMahon
  • 16
    Katy MacDiarmid Leach

    "My 2-year-old had to taste every apple until she found the one she wanted."

  • 17
    Brittany Milam
  • 18
    Erin Wilfong
  • 19
    Emma Woodward
  • 20
    Cyndie Vu
    "They told me they were in jail."
  • 21
    Tora Lou Williams
    "As long as he does it in the potty!!"
  • 22
    Lungelo Sinethemba Mthethwa
    "He decided he wanted to wear his top on his head. Because I said he can't wear it."
  • 23
    Kristina Morocco
  • 24
    Kallie DiGiovanni

    "Having a bit of a tantrum that quickly escalated into a meltdown because he doesn't fit in the bus."

  • 25
    Linda Deiana

    "There's a car in there somewhere."

  • 26
    Meredith Medura
    "Making salsa... in the carpet."
  • 27
    Erin Hehn
    "Shopping at Target with a 3-year-old."
  • 28
    Becky Anne

    "What? She likes it? Lol"

  • 29
    Dawna Talamantes Vargas
    "When you're trying help your toddler eat but they think they're independent!"


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