How do you handle your child that is in the terrible two's???

Kelly - posted on 07/05/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My daughter is officially two, she had turn two years old in june of this year. She was already starting her terrible twos earlier than her birthday. And then all of a sudden she has gotten worse. I don't know if a lot of it has to deal with her newborn brother that is only four months old, or if its the terrible twos getting worse. She has gotten out of control, talking back to me and pointing at me. It's not like she doesn't get the attention because she gots all the attention and more when her brother is asleep so i know it's not that. I am asking, how did you handle the terrible two's and what did you do to make it easier!!

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Michelle - posted on 07/06/2012

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The main thing to remember is to pick your battles.

It doesn't really matter if she wants to wear her pyjama's all day. I quite often send mine to daycare in her pyjama's because I don't want to deal with the battle of wills and it's quite common to see 2/3yo's at daycare in their pyjama's.

You also need to try and not react when she has a tantrum. Walk away and tell her that when she stops yelling/screaming/crying, then you will listen.

At this age they are trying to figure out where they stand in the family unit. They are learning to communicate better and it's rewarding that people can now understand them. This is why they constantly push you to see how far they can go. You need to be consistant and don't give in otherwaise she will figure out that if she keeps up she will eventually get what she wants.

I have found that if I get them to "help" me with things and praise them they have a real sense of achievement. It can be simple things like getting something out of the pantry for dinner.

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