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Why The “Terrible Twos” Weren’t Terrible At All

IMAG1691-1Everyone hears about it. Even before I had kids, I was warned about the “terrible twos”. The phase toddlers go through where they change from being sweet babies into ornery misbehaved toddlers.

In preparation I had done some reading. Basically, I read that children that age tend to get frustrated because their mind is more advanced than their body, and they can’t always do things or express themselves as they want. Made sense to me.

So when I found out I was pregnant with twins, a few months before Sawyers second birthday I gulped and waited. And waited. And waited.IMAG1872

Guess what? Sawyer turns three next week and I am happy to say two was not terrible at all.

In fact, it was a pretty amazing year.


Believe me, Sawyer had every reason to act up this past year. For part of it I was pregnant with the girls. Whether it was because of morning sickness or because I became as huge as a planet, I didn’t want to play with him much, nor could I. I couldn’t lift him up and down anymore and he had no lap to sit on.

Then the double whammy. Not one, but two, brand new babies in his home. Screaming and crying and demanding all mommy and daddy’s attention. I know I would have been jealous.

And yet, through it all he remained the same wonderful boy we always knew.

Yes, of course he had his moments, like when he locked himself in the bathroom and exploded baby powder everywhere or when he threw a tantrum because I turned off cartoons but these fleeting moments were far surpassed by the great ones.wpid-IMAG0819.jpg

First, he learned to talk. Before two he was a virtual mute. Then, overnight he started talking and in just a month he was already attempting three syllable words. It was so amazing to hear him talk. I had no idea how much he was really absorbing from the world until he startedid to communicate. He learned how to go up and down stairs without a problem, and completely gave up riding in the stroller. Both of those were very helpful since I was pregnant with the girls and physically strained. (Sadly, he already gave up naps at 16 months).

While he was two he learned to ride his bike. He learned how to get dressed all by himself. He learned how to do dishes, sweep, vacuum and even help me cook!

He finally understood what Christmas was about and hearing him say the word “decorations” in his little voice made me smile every time.

And the big one: he learned how to use the big toilet…no more diapers!

He was a huge help with the girls. He would make them laugh when they were crying, he taught Sansa how to use the jolly jumper (here) and he always carries the “diaper snakes” (the ones from the diaper genie) for me.

IMAG1511He still gave me hugs and kisses and told me he loved me. He helped me with groceries and walking dogs. He even washed by back for me when I was pregnant.

And even though he was older, he was still young enough to believe everything I said and he always did as he was told.

I have my doubts about this for age three because he is slowly discovering free will, and he’s to smart to fall for my tricks (ie. We can’t go shopping because the store is closed. No mommy, see, there are cars in the parking lot).IMAG0700

So if you are worried about the terrible twos don’t be. If you love your child and you have raised them right, and you use patience and understanding it will fly by in a wonderful magical blur.

Disclaimer: I am sure I have now jinxed myself for when the twins turn two! LOL


About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.


8 thoughts on “Why The “Terrible Twos” Weren’t Terrible At All

  1. So sweet he sounds like hes an amzing well behaved child. I think we started the terrible. twos at 11months. V can sure scream and kick oh and bite when he doesnt get his own way.

    Posted by journey2dfuture | August 15, 2013, 1:56 pm
    • I think they all test their boundaries at some point. I may have been helped by the fact that I work with animals. I know kids aren’t dogs, but I often fins myself successfully using the same techniques. It especially worked when he was young. Now that he’s three I do have to take the time to explain and rationalize things out for him. Back then he was too young for that.

      Posted by Shannon | August 15, 2013, 2:56 pm
  2. None of my three went through the terrible twos but the girls were definite ‘threenagers’. With an extended vocabulary by age three there is a lot more ‘answering back’ and extended negotiations. My son wasn’t like that though, but now he’s four and a half he has turned into a cheeky monkey. Just in time for him to start school next month!

    Posted by Nicola Young | August 17, 2013, 1:15 pm
    • Yeah, I keep reminding myself that even if it doesn’t get better he starts school in a year so I just have to make it through until then! Lol plus I go back to work at the end of December too.

      Posted by Shannon | August 17, 2013, 1:55 pm


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