Terrible Twos

Sophia - posted on 11/20/2008 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Does it really exist? When do you get the first signs of this, because my littlun is starting to say no to everything and flings her head back when she doesn't get her own way.

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User - posted on 11/21/2008

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Yep it does exist and I think for Kohen it happens when he can't express what he feels. frustration makes me want to scream and kick sometimes too!!!

Cindy - posted on 11/21/2008

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Mine was a little strong willed at two but shortly before he turned three is when it really became a power struggle. He just wants to be in control. We try to give him two choices when it comes to everything. My husband started the '1,2,3' thing with him when he was two and it works pretty well. We started 'timeout' when he was three- -wasn't sure I bought into the whole thing but, it has worked very well. I just mention timeout and he usually starts behaving-- he is very active, like most toddlers, and the thought of having to sit still is awful to him. I had a women who worked in day cares tell me it is like magic they turn four and they start listening. So, I'm just trying to hang in there for that magic day!

Kiley - posted on 11/21/2008

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I think Terrible Two's start around 1 and end at 18...lol my Matthew is 2 and he is the reason terrible twos came about I think. He is very stubborn and very set in his ways and demanding!! So yes I believe that they do in fact exist. And good luck to you

Chantille - posted on 11/20/2008

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Hahaha, sounds familiar except my little one is only 14mths old, generally she is very even tempered but she definetely has a strong stubborn streak and she HAS to do everything herself, its when she doesnt get too that she throws her little tantrums. So far my approach has been to just let her know that this angry behaviour is NOT the way to get what she wants and she is responding well to this, as well i am being as lenient as possible in letting her do as much as she can by herself, and only "helping" when its neccesary... As far as the "terrible two's" go im not sure I subscribe to the idea that its all truth, I think that all children go through these phases of not being able to communicate everything they want to, and get frustrated and thats when the tantrums come out.. But then again, we're not quite there yet.. soo.. haha.... ask me the same question in 8mths and maybe my answer will have changed a bit.

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