The Terrible Twos!

If you have a toddler, you have no doubt experienced the terrible twos. The frustrating screams that make you want to punch a wall, or put your head thru a wall. For us, the terrible twos seem to be fueled by all the things my toddler is trying to become a perfectionist on. Most of his terrible two tantrums are because he can’t get his shoes on right, or he’s trying hard to put a puzzle together meant for a 4-year-old, but he just had to have because it was Thomas the Train, or something along those lines where he needs just a little assistance from you, but he doesn’t want too much.

For example, he’ll be struggling to get his shoes on, then he’ll scream and cry because the tongue of the shoe is pushed far down into the shoe and it’s not fitting. I’ll ask, do you want momma’s help, he’ll say “NO!!!” And run away, but then come back moments later and say “Help Mama Help”, I bend down to help him just for him to scream “No, I do it!” over and over again. The frustrating part is nothing I do helps the situation. I can’t take over for him or he will literally melt into a tantrum of tears on the floor, and if I simply ignore his cries for help, then that is also a tantrum on the floor that goes on and on forever!! The only thing to do is wait it out, or talk him thru it as much as possible, but that doesn’t always work with a kid so worked up in a fit. They are hardly all ears when you attempt to talk them thru a situation.

I will be so glad when this stage is over. The last few days of terrible two tantrums have been horrible. It’s all I can do not to lock myself in a room and say fend for yourself!! LOL!

Have you seen the ultimate toddler melt down?

Can you relate? What fuels your child’s terrible twos?

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I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

3 thoughts on “The Terrible Twos!

  1. Every age and stage is challenging in some way or another. The twos are a world of their own though!

    I found offering choices helped my little one through this stage (i.e. do you want to wear the blue or red shoes?) The choice in itself may “distract” from the independence side of things. You could also set him up for success by having an alternative that’s developmentally “eaiser” for him to handle (i.e. rubber boots). 


  2. I feel your pain. I am going through the twos with my second little one. The best thing that you can do is try to redirect with a distraction at this age. Try to set him up for success with age/skill appropriate activities. That doesn’t mean to not challenge him, but at this point life in general is a challenge all day long. And when the melt down comes, hold him close and sing or hum. Reassure him that you love him and that it’s ok to be frustrated. When he is out of control, it is scary for him. That’s when he needs you most. Good luck!

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