Why Do They Call it the “Terrible Twos”

Why does everyone call it the terrible twos when it seems to kick in around 18-19months?  Evalee just turned 20 months on the 15th and it almost seems like it was overnight that she really started to push her limits. Now everything is a test of wills, be it meal time, bath time or time to change activities in general.  I have read the Happiest Toddler on the Block, which is a good book with a lot of valuable insight, but the whole toddlerese and fast food method that he sells so hard just does not seem to work with my spirited little girl.  If she has her mind made up about something, that is that. She is just like me in that respect, I guess its payback time!

One Responseto “Why Do They Call it the “Terrible Twos””

  1. Lara says:

    I agree about the change overnight!!! My daughter is 21 months. The other day someone mentionned to me that their child (who is 2) has temper tantrums… I remember thinking to myself, thanks goodness MY daughter doesn’t do that…. Two days later she was throwing a fit in a group of friends! I work full time and it seems like my mornings (45 minutes together) and evenings (3-5 hours together) are filled with anxiety, frustration, hitting (her hitting me) and me trying to explain to her why she can’t play on the basement steps, which have holes in them, or stand on the chair and play with the stove. I’ve started reading “how to talk so your kids will listen and listen so your kids will talk” and it is okay so far…. but the tantrums are still really frustrating.

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