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A Tumblr account documenting a little boy’s meltdowns went viral this weekend and provides an illustrated view of what life with a toddler is really like.

If you have one, you really don’t require an explanation.

The Tumblr, titled “The Reasons My Son Is Crying,” is a photo series of one very tearful little boy, Charlie, along with short descriptions of why he’s crying.

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The image above is captioned “Because I won’t let him eat mud.”

Charlie’s dad, Greg Pembroke, said of his viral hit, “I think every parent experiences meltdowns and I was trying to have a little fun with it.”

Greg, who also has a three-year-old, certainly is doing that.

Check out five more classics (and reasons) after the jump:


From left to right and top to bottom:

  1. I didn’t show him pictures on my phone quickly enough – and yes, they were pictures of him crying.
  2. He dumped a full cup of water on his own face.
  3. I have no idea (always a toddler go-to).
  4. The car seat. Always the car seat.
  5. I wouldn’t let him drown in this pond.