Working in a classroom of 24 kids that are all at the age of 2 should be a zoo right? Screaming, crying, getting into everything and mouthing back? Well, I tell my parents that have kids turning 2 the same thing everytime when they tell me they’re dreading that stage… I don’t believe in terrible 2’s. If you ask me it can be terrible 2-19! (Scary isn’t it?)
Let’s break it down, at the age of 0-1 all they’re doing is eating, sleeping, pooping and playing (what a life). They’re learning to lift their heads, crawling, standing, making sounds and walking. Things that sound easy enough right? So this is where it gets confusing for parents TERRIBLE 2’s where they’re learning to express themselves (use your words, no hitting or biting), manners (always say please and thank you), eating (learning to only use your utensils), school (always listen to your teacher and be nice to your friends), when you’re at home (tidy up all your toys) and also family & friends (say hi to everyone & give them a hug). See what I mean? It’s a tough life they have after 1. Where did all these rules and self help come from!!?? Sorry but I’m on their side.
It’s not terrible 2’s. It’s the fact that they’re no longer listening to their parents as they would when they’re 0-1. They’re developing their own personality and choices. This stage is basically prepping you as a parent to be understanding, firm and consistent with your parenting beliefs because trust me… It only gets harder. So yep, in return they’re actually helping you.
Funny story: My aunt asked me a couple of weeks ago “Does Monster need to see a doctor?” “Why is she crying all the time?” “You guys weren’t like that.” LOL so I explained to her, kids nowadays are very smart (not to say that we weren’t) but technology has pushed them to understand things at a much younger age. We never had iPads, iPhones and all that jazz! Mind you Monster doesn’t get much of that stuff already. So there are things that they want and don’t want and when they don’t have a choice or understand why they can’t have it = melt down. But all you need to do as a parent is to explain things to them and always be at their level when trying to get them to understand the situation. They don’t always want to hug or kiss someone, tidy up, go to bed or eat with utensils. Show them, reason with them and understand them. After all, it’s a tough life they have.