Introduction

by The Hyperink Team

This chapter is a free excerpt from How To Manage the Terrible Two's.

The "terrible twos" are seldom a stage of a child's upbringing that parents look forward to, and unfortunately, the behavior that earns children that unflattering title often stretches into the "terrible threes.”


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The "terrible twos" are seldom a stage of a child's upbringing that parents look forward to, and unfortunately, the behavior that earns children that unflattering title often stretches into the "terrible threes.”

While temper tantrums, mood swings, and aggressive behavior are common during in this stage, your sweet, innocent baby is also starting to talk and and interact with others on a more independent level. One way toddlers express their growing independence is by refusing to follow instructions. Often, “no” is their favorite word. In some cases, the terrible twos can even manifest in the form of tantrums, biting, and mood swings.

Children are well aware that crying will bring an immediate response, so they use crying as a way to seek attention, particularly if they are frustrated. Their frustration may come from a variety of places:

  • The inability to communicate clearly. At age two, many kids have a limited vocabulary and are sometimes difficult to understand.

  • Jealousy and selfishness also play a part in the terrible twos. Babies at this age refuse adamantly to share their belongings, and being forced to let a playmate play with their favorite toy, or any toy of theirs for that matter, can bring on an immediate reaction.

  • Being tired, hungry, or ill can be mis-identified as a symptom of the terrible twos; according to parenting coach Ali McClosky, it is extremely important for a parent to learn to recognize these common "triggers" so that they can be addressed in the right manner.

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