The Terrible 2's

by Emily Martin
(Vienna, West Virginia)

She loves riding the coin operated rides outside of the grocery store!

She loves riding the coin operated rides outside of the grocery store!

Are the terrible 2's real? I have a 22 month old daughter that is amazing and adorable but in the last few weeks she has become Dr. Jeckle and Mrs. Hyde! One second she is smiling and laughing and the next she is screaming and throwing a huge fit!

She is so intelligent and understands EVERYTHING we say! She's starting to speak more fluently, as well. However, she is extremely defiant and dangerously independent.

No type of discipline works either! I have tried time outs of a minute (a min for each year of age.) I have tried getting down on her level and speaking calmly to her. I have tried counting to 3. Nothing works! She either throws herself on the ground, screams louder or literally runs away ignoring every word I say. We can't play outside anymore, go out shopping, she won't stay in her stroller or in a grocery cart - she stands up and climbs out.

What can we do? My husband and I are at our wits end... any suggestions will be more than welcome.

Emily and Brock Martin

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I can relate :)
by: Anonymous

I can relate. We have 5 kids ranging from 15 months to 25 years old. Every child is different, and I thought I had a clue as to what I was doing at this point.

However, my very strong-willed 2 1/2 year old son really challenged me and tested my parenting skills at a whole new level than I had ever been tested before. I was having a lot of negative feelings.

So for the heck of it, I took a class offered through the school district. It is called "Positive Discipline" and it really offered some additional insight for me about how we raise our kids.

Sometimes you think you know what you are doing and figure that some things are common sense. However, a lot of what we do is based on conditioning from our culture and our own childhood. There is a great series of
books/CDs by Jane Nelsen
(Positive Discipline for Toddlers might be helpful for you). I found the class very helpful. At the very least it has helped me with my attitude and that impacts my level of patience and in turn everything is better. Good luck

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