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Here we go again. The terrible twos have struck. Albeit a little early for my taste (at 19 months of age), our youngest one has declared that ‘no’ is her new favourite word.

What is ‘mhm, mhm, yummy more’ one day will be thrown at Mama with gusto the next. What was ‘shooon’ (baby German for beautiful) yesterday cannot and under no circumstances be worn ever again. Pulling her sister’s hair, scratching the table with a fork, tipping over a cup of tea or throwing various objects into the toilet all have to be tried, if only to check out the reaction on Mama’s face. And Mama’s face is not a happy one.

We have been there before, and most of the time I can watch the Pea go crazy and smile about it – much to her chagrin. But sometimes, especially when she is at risk of harming herself or others, I find myself cross with her. I know that this is only a phase, but at the same time, I am wary of bad habits. If I let her go through with a certain behaviour today, chances are she is going to keep on doing it when she is older.

Or won’t she? Have I watched too much Supernanny and everything will fall into place by itself?

We never had to be really strict with her sister, because Lil’ L is much calmer to begin with. But what do you do with a naughty little dare devil?


Posted anonymously, 25th May 2014


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  • terrible twos

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  • exellent super story

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  • Take it one day at a time – all you can do! I put mine under notice – she started the terrible two’s early – she could downright finish them early!

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  • My daughter is 5 and went through that stage but is calmer now

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  • My son has just turned 4 and i swear he’s worse now then when he went through the terrible two`s I’m the same as you just don’t know what to do with him, I’ve put him in time out, taken toys away and he’s still plays up.
    I will keep an eye on this thread hopefully someone comes on and gives us all the magical answer we all need :)

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  • I have a 3 nearly 4 year old, who was an angel at 2,and then just after 3 started flexing her muscles,I try and stay on top of it,as I have seen too many kids get away with stuff and end up super bratty. Stick either what you know.

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  • I thought boys were meant to be the dare devils!! lol

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  • Mostly kids like that , my son too but more better now. He pass his terrible two hihi…

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  • Omg im going through the same with my 17month old girl. Angel one day, devil the next. She declared NO when i asked her to come sit with mummy the other day- remaining defiant on the other side of the room, then as i turned away she came running over for what i thought was a cuddle but was instead a smooshed banana right in my face. lol. i try not to react too much because she just does things for reactions most of the time. Im hoping she will grow out of it!!

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  • My first was good I always said she set us for a false sense of secruity as than her brother came and I was constantly after him he was always in trouble but I was determined never to give in to that one day of letting him get away with something as then he would have thought it was fine, I am sure I spent most days chasing telling off but than came a day when it all just stopped…..that may have been when he left home :) I always look at things as they have to grow out of it some time

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