Toddlers & the Not-So-Terrible Twos
When Liam turned two this summer we braced ourselves. We’d heard about how terrible the terrible twos are. The tantrums. The endless chorus of “NO!” The boundary testing that, from the sounds of it, would push us to the boundaries of sanity. We’re only a few months in, but so far, it seems like the terribleness of the twos was more hype than reality.*
That’s not to say we haven’t noticed new challenges. For sure, we’re hearing “no” more than we ever used to. And on occasion, Liam does really test the limits with me and his dad. But to be honest, not a whole lot more than he did as a younger toddler. I found it just as challenging to manage Liam the super speedy and curious crawler and Liam the incredibly unstable and accident prone walker as I do Liam the runner and jumper. And, like with every other stage we’ve encountered thus far, the good stuff far outweighs the bad. Is there anything cuter than a giggling two-year-old? And the talking. Seriously, this kid cracks me up.
I swear, I’m not writing this post to boast about what a great kid I have. I mean, of course, I think he’s pretty spectacular but some basic observation in his toddler classroom would suggest that he’s also a pretty average two-year-old. I’m writing about my toddler observations because it seems that, in general, the terrible twos may not be as bad as first-time parents are often led to believe. For whatever reason, two-year-olds have a bum rap. So parents of one-year-olds, fear not. From my experience, I can say with some level of certainty that your child isn’t likely to turn into a super villain on the second birthday. Or at least not for a few months anyway.
*I’d like to say a prayer to the toddler gods, that this post not serve as justification for karmic retribution in the form of an incorrigible child in the coming months.