Being a parent is no walk in the park. Even if you have the sweetest, most well-behaved child on the planet, there are times when it can feel like you’re carrying the proverbial weight of the world on your shoulders.

That weight can double when your kid has a total meltdown. Not only that, it can make you feel like a bad parent. However, science says that if anything, it’s the opposite!

It’s something every mother has experienced. School raves about your kid, so do other parents, but when it’s just the two of you the precious angels of your loins has zero issue being a total tantrum monster. 

According to parenting blogger Kate Surfs, there’s a reason your kid is only at their worst around you. It’s because you provide “a space safe enough for (our) child to have permission to be natural.” More like a natural jerk, am I right?

Dr. Heather backs up Surfs assertion saying “Children save their best — and worst — for us, as parents. They’re their ‘true selves’ with us. It takes energy to ‘be good’ and follow the rules — especially for young children — so when they get home, they let it all hang out. The good news is that their deepest love, affection, admiration, and goofiness are reserved for us, too.”

So the next time your kid starts crying when you flush their poop down the toilet remember, they don’t hate you, they love you more than anyone else – that’s why they’re letting you see them behave this way in the first place! 

If you’re a mom or dad then you know this feeling all too well – it’s nice to know the reason behind their behavior!

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