The terrible 2's and other things

Ashley Marie - posted on 11/14/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My daughter is 2 and at first she wasn't showing the stage of the terrible 2's stage but she is now 2 1/2 and showing the terrible 2 stage. My question is how to avoid that stage. Another question is I am expecting a baby boy in December this is my second child and I am a little scared on how my 2 year old daughter is going to react any suggestions to help with new coming member of the family. The last question I have is I am married but my 2 year old daughter isn't biologically my husbands but he has been there since she was 9 months old, and now calls him dad cause her biological father hasn't met her and refuses to meet her. My question is when she gets older she is gonna notice that dad isn't my biological father and start asking and I am not sure how to approach that how to come to that situation.

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Jodi - posted on 11/14/2015

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If you avoid that stage, it generally means you are not setting boundaries. The tantrums are in response to boundary setting. As long as you are setting boundaries, it will happen. However, it will become less if you are firm, consistent and clear with the boundaries, and if you don't give in to the tantrums because it is "too hard". Often the best thing to do is ignore or deal with the tantrums calmly - don't let your frustration get to you, as it will escalate the situation.

With the new baby, you can include your daughter as your helper and reward her for her good efforts. I'm sure there will be things she can do as a big sister - what a wonderful responsibility for her!

Finally, don't ever lie to your daughter about her her father is. Let her know that she has a father, but that your husband can be her daddy too. You don't need to keep telling her that, but just make sure she grows up knowing - as she ask questions about it, answer them at an age appropriate level.

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