Now that all my kids are 3 years old and over, I feel like I can look back with some impartiality at that trying year known as the terrible twos. Do all kids go through the terrible twos? How can you survive it with your sanity intact? Read on for my top 10 tips for surviving the terrible twos.
Lets start off by defining the terrible twos. Parenting books will tell you that the terrible twos are a normal stage of development where a child’s need for independence clashes with their need for adults. The result of this clash is often temper tantrums, oppositional behavior and all around moodiness. You never quite know what this child will do from one moment to the next as their moods change frequently.
Often the terrible twos start before a child’s second birthday. For my youngest they started at around 18 months. They can also go past the age of 2. Will all kids go through the terrible twos? No, so you may be one of the lucky ones, though I suspect if you are reading this, you are not. Only my youngest went through the terrible twos. One of my twins has been pretty even tempered her entire life, while my other had a great 2nd year and went crazy at 3, just when I thought I was out of the woods! (more…)