There is no off button. No volume control, no mute. Everything is a 10. Every moment your toddler is awake they are experiencing emotions at a 10. The good news is this goes for frustration, but also excitement; anger but also joy. In case you are not yet living in this reality, or it feels like a distant memory, I will present some examples of a normal everyday scenario for a child and the scenario that would have to happen in order for an adult to emote an equivalent emotional response.
Child: Anything that involves bubbles.
Adult: You found out you won an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii, and your parents offered to watch the kids.
Child: It’s time to get out of the bath.
Adult: You are standing in line at the DMV and your number is 102 and they just called 7.
Child: It is time to leave the playground.
Adult: Your flight out of Alaska has been canceled and you are snowed in at the airport for two days.
Child: Anything that involves Elmo.
Adult: The moment you found out you were having a baby.
Child: They have run out of Puffs.
Adult: Your neighbors go out of town but leave their teenager home alone to throw an all-night rager, complete with house music and vomit on the sidewalk.
Child: They have to share a toy with their sibling.
Adult: The cable guy strolls in during the last 2 minutes of his four hour window, on a Saturday.
The good news is every day for you with kids is also a 10.
The bad news is every day for you with kids is also a 10.