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09/14/2015 09:15 am ET Updated Sep 14, 2015

29 Photos That Perfectly Sum Up Life With Toddlers

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
    <span>"Were you THIS excited the first time you ate an Oreo?! Grahm was!!"</span>
    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
    "Who needs skin cream when peanut butter is so much better and tastier?"
    Tamyra Bravener
    "Who needs skin cream when peanut butter is so much better and tastier?"
  • 6
    "When you turn your back for two&nbsp;minutes and she finds red lipstick."
    A Paige Bagley
    "When you turn your back for two minutes and she finds red lipstick."
  • 7
    "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?"
    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
    <span>"You should see my house."</span>
    Ashley Dowdy
    "You should see my house."
  • 9
    "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."
    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
    "Potty training at its finest."
    Lindsay Atkinson
    "Potty training at its finest."
  • 12
    "The time he decided it was easier to keep his Goldfish in a tic tac container."
    Chanel Elise Latimer
    "The time he decided it was easier to keep his Goldfish in a tic tac container."
  • 13
    <span>"Halloween costume in July. Only way to get him to go to the grocery store peacefully."</span>
    Sarah Dailey
    "Halloween costume in July. Only way to get him to go to the grocery store peacefully."
  • 14
    <span>"His older sister gave him a marker to color with while I was cooking dinner."</span>
    Ashly Fithian
    "His older sister gave him a marker to color with while I was cooking dinner."
  • 15
    Kelly Robinson McMahon
  • 16
    <span>"My 2-year-old had to taste every apple until she found the one she wanted."</span>
    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
    "They told me they were in jail."
    Cyndie Vu
    "They told me they were in jail."
  • 21
    "As long as he does it in the potty!!"
    Tora Lou Williams
    "As long as he does it in the potty!!"
  • 22
    "He decided he wanted to wear his top on his head. Because I said he can't wear it."
    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
    <span>"Having a bit of a tantrum that quickly escalated into a meltdown because he doesn't fit in the bus."</span>
    Kallie DiGiovanni
    "Having a bit of a tantrum that quickly escalated into a meltdown because he doesn't fit in the bus."
  • 25
    <span>"There's a car in there somewhere."</span><span></span>
    Linda Deiana
    "There's a car in there somewhere."
  • 26
    "Making salsa... in the carpet."
    Meredith Medura
    "Making salsa... in the carpet."
  • 27
    "Shopping at Target with a 3-year-old."
    Erin Hehn
    "Shopping at Target with a 3-year-old."
  • 28
    <span>"What? She likes it? Lol"</span>
    Becky Anne
    "What? She likes it? Lol"
  • 29
    "When you're trying help your toddler eat but they think they're independent!"
    Dawna Talamantes Vargas
    "When you're trying help your toddler eat but they think they're independent!"

 

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