Mum spends a year documenting her toddler son's hilarious tantrums

Mother spends a year documenting the hilarious reasons behind her toddler son’s tantrums – including being offered a marshmallow and an ad break during The Simpsons

  • Rachael Saunders, 34, takes pictures of her two-year-old son throwing strops 
  • Little Fraser gets upset by lots of things, including being offered a marshmallow 
  • Hilarious gallery shows his strangest and most adorable tantrums, including being told her can’t eat a key and not being allowed ice-cream for breakfast 

A mum has spent a year documenting her toddler son’s hilarious reasons for having a tantrum, from being offered a sweet to not being allowed to play with a knife. 

Rachael Saunders, 34, who lives on the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, has taken dozens of snaps capturing the illogical triggers which cause two-year-old Fraser to burst into tears or throw himself on the floor.

The Co-op worker and her partner David have now shared their adorable gallery – put together over the last 12 months – to put a smile on other parents’ faces during lockdown.


Rachael Saunders, 34, who lives on the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, has taken dozens of snaps capturing the illogical triggers which cause two-year-old Fraser to burst into tears or throw himself on the floor. He is pictured left crying because he couldn’t have ice cream and right because he couldn’t play with doors

One of Fraser’s tantrums was because he The Simpsons went to an ad break, which his mum found hilarious 


The Co-op worker and her partner David decided to share their adorable gallery – put together over the last 12 months – to put a smile on other parents’ faces during lockdown. Fraser is pictured crying over cutlery (left) and chicken (right) 

Mum-of-two Rachael, who is originally from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, said: ‘I saw someone posting online about the various silly reasons kids like to cry and get upset, and I thought “I could do this with mine”.

‘The really daft reasons entertain me the most, like the marshmallow – how many kids throw a tantrum because you offer them a sweet?

‘I’ve been doing it for about a year now and is proving very popular on my social media. Before lockdown, a lot of my local friends would pull me up in the street and say they were loving them and looking forward to the next one.

‘They’ll definitely be coming out on Fraser’s 18th birthday – he’ll probably disown me.’


Rachael said: ‘I saw someone posting online about the various silly reasons kids like to cry and get upset, and I thought “I could do this with mine”. Fraser is pictured crying because his Dad shaved his head (left) and right, throwing himself on the floor after being offered a marshmallow 

Rachael is shown with Fraser as a baby, partner David (Fraser’s dad) and daughter Meghan, now 12

Former recruiter Rachael, who is also mum to daughter Meghan, 12, (pictured together) moved to Barra, which has a population of just 1,200 people, three and a half years ago 


Other ridiculous reasons for Fraser’s upsets shared in the gallery include not being allowed to climb out of the window and not being allowed to play with his Dad’s tools 

Former recruiter Rachael, who is also mum to daughter Meghan, 12, moved to Barra, which has a population of just 1,200 people, three and a half years ago.

She said while lockdown doesn’t feel as difficult for residents of the sparsely populated island, who are used to regularly not seeing a single soul when walking along beaches and hills, friends and family back in the North West have needed cheering up virtually. 

Other ridiculous reasons for Fraser’s upsets shared in the gallery include his dad shaving his beard, not being allowed to swallow a key and The Simpsons going to an ad break.

Rachael said: ‘I shared the pictures to put a smile on people’s faces – everyone needs it at the moment’ Fraser is pictures throwing a tantrum in a supermarket 

In one hilarious snap, Rachel shows Fraser lying on the floor after arriving at his grandma’s house, even though he asked to go there


Rachael was inspired to share her gallery after parenting blogger and dad-of-one Matt Coyne – aka Man vs Baby – asked his followers for examples of their kids’ most bizarre lockdown tantrums. He is shown throwing tantrums over food and his new book

In this snap, Fraser is shown on the floor throwing a strop at he Post Office after being asked no to run around

Role reversal! In another, Fraser lay on the floor yet again after his Dad said not to being spoonfed 

Safety first! In this snap, Fraser is shown to chuck himself on the floor while wearing wellies after his mum stopped him playing with a knife

You’ll grow into it! Fraser got upset at a local park after he wasn’t allowed to play on the big swings, as he was too small 

Rachael added: ‘I shared the pictures to put a smile on people’s faces – everyone needs it at the moment.

‘Because it’s so remote where we live anyway, we haven’t found the effects of social distancing as painful as others – but I’m hearing a lot from friends and family about how it is on the mainland, and people are really scared at the moment.

‘If I can cheer people up, even just a little bit, then great – that’s the plan.’

Rachael was inspired to share her gallery after parenting blogger and dad-of-one Matt Coyne – aka Man vs Baby – asked his followers for examples of their kids’ most bizarre lockdown tantrums.

Stuck in a Catch 22! Fraser wanted to play outside without going outside, and threw a tantrum as a result

In another picture, Fraser throws a strop for not being allowed to eat her house keys

Patience is a virtue! Fraser laid down in the supermarket aisles after not being allowed to eat an apple 

For the best! Fraser threw yet another strop after his mum stopped him from playing with the cleaning chemicals

It’s your choice! Fraser laid down on the floor crying after deciding he didn’t want to sit on the sofa anymore

Fraser is pictured, while in a good mood, with his mum Rachel at their home in the Outer Hebrides 

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