Terrible Twos and Your Toddler

Parents sometimes do not look forward to the time when their babies turn two. Two is that developmental stage that usually begins around this age.

This developmental stage experts call "the terrible twos" starts when your child has becomes a toddler – anytime during your child’s second year or anytime after he/she turns one, sometimes even before that.

This developmental stage is characterized by being negative about most things. You may found your toddler saying "no" a lot, having frequent mood changes, throwing temper tantrums.

Coping With "the terrible twos"

To help you quote with this normal stage in your child’s development, you should always remember that your child is not trying to be rebellious. Your toddler is simply trying to express his growing independence. Unfortunately, your little one does not have the language skills yet to express his needs.

This lack of language skills to express himself is also the reason why your toddler frequently gets frustrated and resorts to throwing things, hitting, throwing temper tantrums and biting when he/she doesn’t get his way.

To make it easier for you to handle this difficult stage of child’s development, learn more about "the terrible twos". Apart from getting through this phase smoothly, knowing more about this phase of development can help you make sure you aren’t contributing to more battles than necessary.

Other useful tips for dealing with "the terrible twos"

Try having a regular routine for meals, naps, bedtime. Stick to the same routine every day.

Offer your child limited options. For example, when feeding, do not ask a general question "what do you want to eat?", instead give specific yet limited choices like "would like an apple or a banana for your snack?". That way, your toddler can feel like he is making some decisions and has power over things, but he is not able to choose unacceptable alternatives.

Set limits about things. Your toddler tries to test those limits to see what he can get away with.

Whatever happens, do not give in to your child’s tantrums. It will only make your child feel like he can get away with anything.

Use time-out and taking away privileges to discipline you toddler.

Provide a safe environment for your toddler. Make sure it is childproofed so your child can explore and play. The key here is to avoid having your child do something wrong just because you did not put some things away or out of reaches.