Sometimes toddlers act crazy. Insane! They make no sense! But this is just because we aren't seeing what they are seeing.
I have a theory that toddlers hallucinate.
By the time they are old enough to tell you, they have outgrown it. So this will never be proven. But I'm pretty sure it is true.
Take car seats for example. When you see this:
They are probably actually seeing something like this:
Once you accept this hallucination theory, they will make more sense to you.
Visualizing what they might be seeing has been proven to decrease parental frustration and increase empathy.
It will also give you something to do as you stand in the parking lot while they scream.