any tips for dealing with the terrible two's?

Angela - posted on 04/23/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




my son just started the terrible two's and ever since it's been a battle of the "no"s. he's becoming very independant(which is good) and has to do everything himself. are there any ways to deal with the terrible two's and the "NO" monster?


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Karen - posted on 04/23/2010




Here's my take on the terrible two's stage. My daughter is a certified wanderer and will pull tantrums in public, I then kept her from toddler classes because she pays little to zero attention to it. I have kept her at home and maintain a strict discipline on her when I'm around. Cryings are ignored, at this stage, they're smart enough to pull that trick, which can be effective if you don't toughen up, and you're smart enough to distinguish a real cry versus alligator tears. Punishments are imposed such as time out and warnings. Do it now our you'll pay the consequences for their behavior later in life. Then it's too late, I realize this because I was a disciplinarian with my now ten-year old and he could be a handful too being in the tween stage, but he has never answered back nor attempt to provoke me further when he's in trouble.

Ashley - posted on 04/23/2010




ignore the little things and time out for the big things like hitting and what not daughter is in the same stage and its madding but we just dont pay attention to her tantrums and she stops once she realizes those arent getting her anywheres

Marcy - posted on 04/23/2010




Ignore it......honestly it passes.....he's using more words and becoming more independant (like you said) the other thing is you could really start to focus on things that you can give him to do so that you have more control over the day. Take a look at all of the things you do throughout the day and get him to help you as much as possible. My son used that word for about 2 months and I thought I was going to pull my hair out. The one day I just started saying "Hey, mommy could use your help." with things like putting the laundry in the hamper, cooking dinner, setting the table, etc.....

This to shall pass...wait until he comes home from school and tells you to "Shut Up" that's a fun one to deal with.......HAHA. I take it all with a grain of salt now...most days he's awesome.

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