mom lip sync tantrum

We know it's wrong to mock our children, especially in times of pain, but it can also be hilarious. Especially when they are throwing a temper tantrum for absolutely no reason.

I could not stop laughing while watching the video of mom Jennifer Closson Aprea lip-syncing her four-year-old daughter's tantrum. Unable to reason with her exhausted child who was shrieking and muttering over an invisible scratch on her leg, she whipped out her cell phone and recorded herself in the bathroom mirror acting out her child's freak-out. We've all been there, right, parents? Sometimes you just need to diffuse the moment so you can see it for what it is: a situation where no matter how great a mom you are, you are not going to be able to soothe your crazy kid.

I suppose some would say it's mean, but really, I think it probably not doing any harm, unless you mock them all the time, of course. Plus, I think it's good for kids to see and hear how ridiculous they look and sound when they are throwing a tantrum. It really is pretty funny when you get a little distance from the situation. My own daughter has occasionally reappeared after we've sent her to her room to finish out a tantrum and sheepishly admitted she overreacted. I attribute this to her dad and I sometimes acting out how she looked when in the throes of one, and pointing out that she has looked pretty much the same when she witnesses another kid throwing a tantrum.

My favorite part of the video is when Aprea's daugther says, "You're paying for this." Yes, sweetie, we know.

Ellen Sturm Niz is a New York City-based editor and writer who wishes she had recordings of some of the hilarious things her daughter has said during a tantrum. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.