Biggest did not really have a terrible twos stage. He was never a threenager. Now that he is four, nearly five, his demeanour is much the same. He struggles, daily, with rigidity of thought and sensory issues. There are days when supporting him is extremely difficult. BUT – I have never once seen him be deliberately cruel and he seems incapable of manipulation. Supporting him is extremely physically and emotionally draining but, in some ways, it is simpler. I know exactly what he struggles with. I also know that when a meltdown comes, there is nothing for it but to batten down the hatches until is is over
His sister, who is just short of two and a half, is a different kettle of fish entirely. Entirely. I must make it clear – I love my daughter unconditionally and she has myriad qualities that make me proud, every day. She is an amazing little person – but my goodness, she might be the terrible twos personified. It seems I am not alone in the daily battle – the one where you give your two-year-old something they have desperately pleaded for over the course of an hour and then they throw it at you and and claim they hate you. Here are just some of the signs that you may have a child in the terrible twos, direct from the front line:
You know you’re the parent of a child in the terrible twos when…
“They cry at everything, even when you give them what they want. It’s never good enough.” from Mama Wilkos.
My personal favourite was when my daughter cried for twenty minutes because her shoes were pretty.
“You have to say weird sentences like ‘stop licking the floor’ and they yell at you like YOU’RE the unreasonable one.” from Mummyest2014.