Terrible 2's already???

Erika - posted on 06/20/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter Olivia is going to be 18 months and I swear she is going through the terrible 2s already. She is throwing fits already if she doesn't get her way. I put her in time out when she does stuff that could hurt someone, for example throw stuff, biting, hitting. Sometime she stays in time out sometimes she doesn't. But does anyone have any advice on how I can deal with the terrible 2s without looking like a bad mommy?

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Erika - posted on 06/20/2009

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The other problem I have is my husband doesn't punish her so she gets away with it more when he is home. But just today I caught Olivia pointing to the dog and telling him "that's bad" when he had one of her toys in his mouth...When she does something bad I point at her and tell her "that's bad".

Danae - posted on 06/20/2009

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Be consitant and firm, my daughter also went through the twos thing before she was two. She is testing you, so you need to keep responding the same way every time. It is tiring, but well worth it. We do time outs in her crib because she won't sit still. We also count only to three and now we are only having to count until two for her to do something.

Nicola - posted on 06/20/2009

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ok well one piece of advice i wish i had taken was if u nip it in the bud early as i didnt and now i have a 2year old hand full but i was tld if its attension they are seeking like hitting and so on then u can either ignore it till she gets bored which will be quite quickly or say no! nothing else move her to time out place and when she comes off act normal if they do it again u have to keep repeating it as a lady at my group i go to spends far to much time fussing over him wen telling her lil one off and they see it as attension so if my little one is doing something like a tantrum for my attention i just turn away ignore and she looks at me sees im not intrested and goes off to play then ill join her as it all has to be on your terms or u end up spending far to much of your attention on bad stuff i hope this helps

Colleen - posted on 06/20/2009

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My 18 month baby acts the same. Whatever it is we get her attention (walk over take, call her name and get her to look at us) and "NOI! You don't do that" while using hand gestures. In our house sign language but a simply wanging of the finger is fine. She gets 3 chances to stop. otherwise time out. We use a crib for timeouts otherwise she won't stay. She might cry for a bit but has learned it was timeout, so it's not long.

She'll probably do the thinf you punished her for again and again. Just keep up the warnings and time outs and the behavior will decrease with time. THen she'll move on to another one. Just stick with it.

You can also try refocusing her attention onto a different activity. SOme you laugh and smile with so she will want to that instead of whatever she was doing before.

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