The Terrible Twos
It is a well know phrase in the parenting world – but are they really that bad? Life is not dull, that’s not sure when you have a toddler in the house.
This is how the Mayo Clinic describes the Terrible Twos. “The terrible twos is a normal stage in which toddlers begin to struggle between their reliance on adults and their desire for independence. One minute your child might be clinging to you, and the next he or she is running in the opposite direction.”
At around two years of age children undergo some significant changes. There is a growing sense of self-awareness, increased mobility and learning how to speak. They want to do things for themselves which can lead to power struggles and meltdowns. They also learn the word ‘no’! This bid for independence shows that your child is engaged, active and learning to deal with life!
Remember that children are incredibly fickle at this age – tantrums can be easily averted with a quick distraction. Of course avoiding conflict in the first place will help make life easier. Parents who respond to their child’s need in a positive manner often find that they avoid the attention seeking negative behavior. We developed our My Big Star Chart to help any parent navigate the terrible 2’s and 3’s with ease. This visually appealing chart is the perfect tool to bring structure, routine and togetherness to family life. Try to avoid scheduling appointments when your child is tired or hungry.
Embrace this time with your child, it really is a fantastic time. They are like sponges soaking up all the information around them as they are learning – respond to your child, help them learn and give them confidence to take on whatever life presents.