30/03/2015 06:03 BST | Updated 31/03/2015 11:59 BST

#AssholeParent Photos Show How Parents Drive Reasonable Toddlers To Temper Tantrums

Toddlers lives are made difficult by parents who are - quite frankly - unreasonable in their demands.

You feed them 'broken' food, refuse to take responsibility for the weather and then you want them to smile for a photo... Seriously, how can you expect a child to live like this?!

Mum Kristen Howerton, who blogs at Rage Against The Minivan, has decided to hold her hands up to times when her toddler's tantrums were undeniably her fault.

"It really started as a hashtag I used one day, because my daughter was upset with me," Howerton tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle.

"I had served her a lunch on a pink plate with the pink cup, and cut her sandwich into a puzzle piece. I felt like I had put a good effort into it, but she was distraught because there was a yellow straw. So I caught a candid picture of it, and has grabbed it #assholeparent.

"Over the next couple of years, I would use that hashtag anytime I caught a candid picture of my kids being upset over something nice that I try to do for them. Crying at Disney, being upset at a birthday party, that kind of thing.

After sharing a few #assholeparent posts on her social media channels, Howerton noticed that other parents started to share their own confessions.

So she created a Tumblr and an Instagram account and invited mums and dads to submit their photos and anecdotes.

"It has grown like wildfire," she says. "I have more submissions than I can even use.

"I am surprised by the reaction, but it obviously resonates with other parents. I think we have all had the experience of children being mad at us over illogical things, and while it can be frustrating, it can also be hilarious.

"I'm hoping the account helps parents learn to laugh at this common phenomenon and feel less alone in the sometimes undignified moments of parenting."

Here are some of the funniest photos so far:

A musical travesty

What do you mean it isn't food?

I wouldn't let him eat my Chapstick, so I'm the asshole. #assholeparent (via @cbotnyse)

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Stop thwarting my attempts at sisterly affection

I wouldn't let her stick a plastic straw in her sister's ears so I'm an #assholeparent. (via @timpaluch)

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How could you be so careless as to let Zayn Malik leave One Direction?!

Zayn dropped out of One Direction so I'm an asshole. #assholeparent (repost @kristenhowerton)

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Mum Lets Her Toddler Dress Her For The Week And The Results Are Adorable

Seriously, WHAT is wrong with you?

His shirt has buttons. (repost @sammyleigh520) #assholeparent

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You expect too much

I asked him to smile in the happiest place on earth so I'm an asshole. #assholeparent (repost @uptownmomlife)

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How could you do this to me?

We got married like a couple of assholes. #assholeparent (via @psychonursemary)

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Why would you think this was OK?

She wanted a pony ride so I'm an asshole. (Via @candiceboldt)

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Why would you put such temptation in front of me, if you didn't want me to smash it?

Such cruelty

I won't buy All The Toys so I'm an asshole. #assholeparent (repost @puzzledmummy)

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How could you let this happen?

I built him a fort and then he immediately destroyed it so I'm an asshole. #assholeparent. (Repost @kelseylatelyyy)

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Why are you denying the cat this chance of happiness?!

I won't let her take a bath with the cat so I'm an asshole. #assholeparent (#Repost @alisonvotraw)

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It's your job to save me from my own mistakes... and you failed

You promised me the moon

Much rage and disappointment due to the fact that I'm not making the moon come back. #assholeparent (Repost @colleenwragg)

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In what world is that OK?

I took her on a nice vacation but I asked for a photo so I'm an asshole. #assholeparent (repost @kristenhowerton)

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You need to learn to share

Meltdown because daddy won't let me play with the drill. #assholeparent (Repost @aktyminski)

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