the twos, they are terrible

I had heard about the Terrible Twos. They’re old wives’ tale quaint and antiquated, like when people would tell me not to reach above my head when I was pregnant. Hee, I thought. Surely my kid will sail on through his second year with his sunny disposition intact, and then we can be those annoying parents who are all “Oh, terrible twos? No, we didn’t have any of that.”

Then we spent the whole day with a toddler who looked like this (in varying stages of breakdown):


Tantrum that lasted a whole day? Check! Falling apart when I asked him if he wanted a sandwich? Check! Screaming and flailing when we told him that no, we would not be going to daddy’s office because we were, in fact, with daddy at the time (and the office was closed)? OMG WHY DO YOU HATE BABIES??

He finally took a nap, after literally screaming himself into exhaustion. Have I mentioned that we live in an apartment? I can only imagine the degree to which our neighbors loathe us right now.

So, yes. Terrible Twos? Not so much an old wives’ tale. Or maybe it was because I lifted my arms above my head before he was born…

2 thoughts on “the twos, they are terrible”

  1. I have twin boys, 17 months. One is happy go lucky (for now) and the other one seems to be starting, what I can only guess, is the terrible 2’s phase. It is HORRIBLE!! I try to communicate on his level like the experts say. We even do sign language. None seem to be working. Ugh! Can’t wait to go through this stage once the other little guy’s emotions hit the fan. Oh great! This is only a phase. Right? 🙂 Keep your chin up. I know I’m trying. Good luck!!


  2. Yikes!! Look at it this way though… he’ll mellow out by the time he’s 4??

    Another possibility… coming down with some sickness can wreak havoc on toddler logic (such as it is).

    OK, I’m not helping. 🙂 Given how my 15-month-old has been acting lately, though, I sympathize! Take care!


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