We’ve all heard the phrase “Terrible Two’s” before and never REALLY thought much of it until that second birthday shows up on the calendar, staring you right in the face, but…
are the TERRIBLE TWO’s real?
The Terrible Two’s are most associated with the age between 18 and 30 months and it is a time of change for a growing child.
During this time, your child will discover that he or she CAN do things by themselves and they’ll try everything they can to foster that newfound ability.
Don’t worry! It’s completely normal for children to gain some level of independence during this “Phase”.
Which is exactly what it is!
Your child IS just “Going through a phase” at this point in their development.
This is the time when children start to develop their own”Identity”.
Unfortunately, this process can be confusing and stressful not only to you, but your child as well.
You’ll start noticing how your little angel will push their limits to the very edge to see just how much they can get away with, which can be very frustrating for them when you push back.
As a parent, you need to keep your little bundle as safe as possible.
During this time, however, you’ll actually WANT to allow your child to do as much as they can by themselves. With supervision of course!
This is an age of “Limits”
You’re going to want to make sure they understand just what those limits are so your child won’t have to experiment by pushing them.
Look for every opportunity you can to present them with choices!
- Want to wear the Batman shirt today or the Spider-man shirt?
- Would you like String Cheese or Crackers with lunch today?
- Do you want to Color or play with Blocks?
By giving your child choices throughout the day, you’re feeding their urge to be independent while also allowing you to direct them without them realizing it.
Presenting them choices and setting CLEAR limits with your child will help you to minimize the tantrums and give your little one a ton of learning opportunities.
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