Are you sick and tired of putting up with children’s tantrums, likes, and dislikes? Well, you are not alone! It is true that there are a number of things that children absolutely dislike and cannot get on board with. However, it is also true that these things are sure to vary from one child to the other.

However, here is a list of the top 10 things most children absolutely hate and how you can work your way around them.

  1. Haircuts

As you probably know, children and haircuts don’t go hand in hand. It is quite common for children till the age of 7 to absolutely dislike getting haircuts. Unfortunately, there aren’t many exceptions to this case and it is something you will have to learn to navigate around if you are looking after a young child. Most toddlers often tend to screech at the site of a scissors itself, let alone if the scissors approach them for a snip. This is understandable, as the trauma faced by the toddler is quite real, considering they are entering into a space that smells different and requires them to be wrapped up in a plastic sheet. You can help children overcome this fear by offering them their favorite food, playing music in the background, or playing a game for them; so everyone has a pleasurable experience.

  1. Being picked last for a team game

Well, even as an adult, this is sure to stir your emotions; imagine what it does to children. It is common for children to feel less important when they are picked last and this drastically impacts their psychological well-being. Research states that children who get picked last for team games tend to grow up to be adults who last confidence and self-esteem. This impacts children even more if they are interested in and enjoy the activity for which teams are being made. The possible solution for this is to ensure that teams are made by the process of random selection, so as to avoid hurting a child’s sentiments.

  1. Medicines

Whether swallowing sweet syrup or a huge pill, taking medicines is no walk in the park for a child. It is an added disadvantage for caregivers that the child is ill, and ill children often refuse to co-operate with adults, especially when it comes to medication. This often results in parents resorting to creative ways of ensuring that their child takes the medication they need to get better. It helps if the medicine has a pleasant flavor like strawberry or cherry, as this tricks children into thinking what they are swallowing is an exciting mixture. You can also try and promise your child chocolate once they have their medicine, as this is sure to act as positive reinforcement and as an incentive for good behavior.

  1. Exams

Well, even as an adult, I’m sure you remember how much you hated exams as a child. It is true that a number of children enjoy studying and taking exams, but they are a rare sight. In a number of societies, children feel the pressure to perform well, whether from their families or school; and this impacts their relationship with education forever. Children also have the fear of disappointing their loved ones and this sometimes impacts their perception of studying and appearing for exams. To tackle this issue, it is important to ensure that you inculcate the joy of learning in your child. They must know that exams are not everything and having a general curiosity for life will take them further.

  1. Putting sunscreen

If you have a little toddler at home, you’ve surely had to run around them frantically trying to put sunscreen on them at least once. The process seems unnerving for children and they often act out. What you can do is try and head out before the heat of the sun becomes too harsh for your child’s delicate skin. Or alternatively, research suggests that children prefer putting on their own sunscreen, as it gives them a sense of power in their life.


  1. Putting on a sweater

In spite of all the evidence available that wearing a sweater or a jacket is bound to keep you warm in the chilly winters, children are not on board with this idea. It is also true that a number of times sweaters tend to be itchy, and this makes children irritable and anxious. Additionally, children are active throughout the day and it is possible that they do not feel cold enough to wear a sweater, as their body is always active and in motion. To cope with this, you can allow your child to choose the sweater they want to wear and opt for one with soft fabric.

  1. Vegetables

Well, I’m sure this is not news to you. Scientifically speaking, children tend to pick up on bitter tastes far more than adults do. Their taste buds are highly sensitive to certain foods at a young age and this causes them to dislike anything remotely bitter to taste. A handy solution you can opt for is coating vegetables in butter or cheese, as these are a few of the things children like and can mask the flavor of the vegetables. You can also try serving your children colorful veggies, as the visual appeal of them may encourage them to eat them without much of a fuss.

  1. Chores

Children often dislike doing chores as they consider them boring in nature. They also absolutely hate them since it takes them away from playing games and watching the television. Another reason this is not a fun activity for children is because they seldom get a reward for the work they do. This is not to say that children must be bribed into helping out at home, but some extrinsic motivation will be sure to do the trick. Additionally, making chores into a fun game can also help children get excited about doing them.

  1. Visiting the dentist

Well, drills and other sharp objects being put into a child’s mouth are sure to scare them off. The sounds heard in a dentist’s office itself are enough to cause fear and anxiety in the minds of children. The ambiance at the dentist’s office is also one that is not child friendly, and this has an impact on children too. Additionally, we all know that getting any dentistry work done involves pain, and no one likes pain, especially children. To cope with this set-back, you can consider taking your child to a special children’s dentist. You should also use positive words like strong, clean, healthy, etc.

  1. Bedtime

It often happens that children are not tired enough to fall asleep and still have energy that has not been exerted. Children also wish to stay busy at all times and going to bed outs an end to their activities. By nature, children are curious and hence, children and sleep do not go hand in hand. It is also important to understand if there is something your child is afraid of because of which they are unable to sleep. Bed-time stories that encourage adventure and imagination are ones that will be sure to help your child sleep soundly. Children also enjoy listening to calming music before their head hits the pillow, and this could help you put your child to sleep quicker.


Now that you are well aware of the top 10 things children absolutely detest, and ways in which you can cope with these issues, you’re ready to take on any child. Once you put these things into practice, you will be sure to see the difference in your child’s mood and behavior. Additionally, a happy child equals a happy family and what more could one ask for?