What is the terrible twos stage?

20130928_164500What is typical terrible two behavior? Let’s just say it’s the time when you ask them to do something and they do the opposite.  Sometimes they want you to cradle them and sometimes they run away from you.  I realized that my youngest is going through this stage because I tried so hard to get a picture of her this past weekend and it was impossible.  There are days when she loves being in the camera and days she wants nothing to do with the camera.

It’s the only time when you feel like jumping out of a window because you have a headache every time your daughter screams.  My son already went through the terrible twos but I guess I forgot how bad this stage really was until now.  My sweet daughter is reminding me now how tough this stage can really be for the parents.  It is a time when you really have to be patient with your toddlers and ask God to give you more patience on top of what you already have because it is not easy.  Don’t underestimate the terrible twos stage because it can really challenge you.

What is the terrible twos stage?  It’s a time when toddlers are finding their own identity and seeing what they are capable of doing on their own.  One minute they want to be held and the next they are running away from you.  Toddlers understand that there are rules to follow but they want to challenge those rules and especially in front of people.

On the other hand, I can empathize with toddlers and imagine how frustrating it must be that they can’t communicate what they want to say.  And that they can’t move as fast as they would like to move because they want to keep up with their siblings or other kids.  It takes a lot of patience to explain things to the toddlers because they have so many questions.  But it still doesn’t justify their reason for screaming.

If you are looking for an answer on how to handle your toddler, then you are reading the wrong article because I do not have the answer.  But there is one piece of advice that I can give you.  Be patient with your child because this is only a stage.  This too shall pass and before you know it they will be growing and maturing into kids.

I just hope that this stage is over soon! But until then, I will still cradle her even when she screams and cherish these little moments because sooner or later she won’t want me to hold her anymore.

Have you gone through the terrible two stage with your toddler? I would love to hear your experience!



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  • Elisebet F

    I haven’t gone through it yet, but it’s starting soon, I think. I’ve heard from several people that the tantrums and battle of the wills start around 18 months. My son is almost 17 months old, and he’s throwing more and more tantrums. He definitely wants his way! Sometimes I feel helpless and out of my depth.

  • reesa

    My daughter is 2.5 and we are getting into a different phase of the terrible two’s now. It’s hard!

  • coolchillmom

    Enjoy every minute! It will be over before you know it and in hindsight, funny moments….again looking back they will be funny

  • Lyly

    My grandma once said, show them you’re the leader of the pack, and they’ll back off. Oddly, it worked for our terrible two phase 🙂

  • kathleen kennedy leon

    As a Mom of a 19, 13 and 5 yo–I say enjoy it and blog about the funny / tough moments–so you can look back and have yourself a good laugh!!! it goes way too fast 🙂

    • Thanks for the tip! I will definitely keep this in mind as I blog about my experience. I hope that in the future I can look back at all the funny moment and my daughter can read them. lol

  • http://parentingpatch.com/ Heather Johnson

    My daughter is not 2 yet but is quite advanced. Some days I fear she is hitting the terrible 2’s early.

  • Saving Common Cents

    You are right this is just a stage, a difficult one, but it does pass! Patience is key! And, remembering that you’ll actually miss the terrible twos someday. 🙂

    • You are absolutely right. As long as this stage is over soon! lol