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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Terrible Twos (Overview)

The terrible twos is a condition meaning a child (usually about 2 years old) is frequently being stubborn and having temper tantrums.


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What are the terrible twos?

What are the terrible twos?

Behavior issues: Terrible twos start before two and they are related to the age group having strong impulse to touch and try everything. They listen to our "no" but do it anyway. As a parent it can be a very trying time. Be patient and persistent in your redirecting their activity. Keep their environment safe and they will need less redirection and therefore less trouble. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
17 doctors shared insights

Terrible Twos (Overview)

The terrible twos is a condition meaning a child (usually about 2 years old) is frequently being stubborn and having temper tantrums.


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When do the terrible twos start?

When do the terrible twos start?

Depends: The twos don't have to be terrible- they are a time of incredible learning and development. But they are also a time when children begin testing their limits and rules. This begins at different ages with different children. Look at this time as a way to foster growth in your child. Set rules surrounding safety, but allow them the ability for creative play and lots of free time. ...Read more

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How do I make it through the terrible twos?

How do I make it through the terrible twos?

With patience: The two's are a blend of frustration and exploration for kids. They don't want you interfering but demand that you stay near to nurture & act as their servant. Lacking good communication means they use fits as a substitute for the cries that used to get them everything. When they fit, don't lock eyes & monitor from peripheral vision. Don't take it personal. Meditate. Get time away. It will pass. ...Read more

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What should I read or do for terrible twos?

What should I read or do for terrible twos?

Read a book: Find one of the several child guidance books. Dr. Spock's is stgill available. ...Read more

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Can a child never have terrible twos till he is 10?

Can a child never have terrible twos till he is 10?

Not by definition: The "two's" is a period of confusion in a kid with a fantasy based brain who expects u to do everything s/he wants because that's the way it worked earlier (b-1y) when s/he cried. Parents begin to provide limits to this mobile & more demanding kid & the little prince/s must learn to accept limits. The >8yo acting this way is has the brain power to know your rules but refuses to accept them. ...Read more

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Do kids get sick more often during the terrible twos?

Do kids get sick more often during the terrible twos?

No: Like adults, kids get sick more often, the more often they are around others who are sick. They may be in daycare with 3+ nonsibling kids, 6+ hours a day, 4+ days a week; or siblings or parents may be around more people now than when the child was younger. Just being a certain age isn't the key risk factor. ...Read more

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Who can I take my 2 yr to for behavior. She is extremely mean to people more than just terrible twos?

Who can I take my 2 yr to for behavior. She is extremely mean to people more than just terrible twos?

As with medical : symptoms, it's best to look for causes of early-onset of aggression. Start by telling her pediatrician what, if anything, seems to precipitate the behaviors, exactly what behaviors she exhibits & the consequence & your response; e.g., Do you immediately "walk-don't-talk" her to time out or do you react? Fill out developmental screens & M-CHAT on firstsigns.org for her Dr. All this info helps. ...Read more

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Is it normal that my daughter never experienced the “terrible twos”?

Is it normal that my daughter never experienced the “terrible twos”?

If you recognized : that learned behaviors start at 6 months, & selectively reinforced behaviors you wanted & ignored behaviors you didn't want by effective use of time-out from 18 months on, you'd have had a "Terrific Toddler", not a " Terrible Two". A typically-developing toddler tests limits, but may be temperamentally easy. At 4, she may show more desire for control of what she wears, eats & does. ...Read more

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What is the benefit of the terrible twos? My son missed them by 10 years

What is the benefit of the terrible twos? My son missed them by 10 years

I agree, the job of : 2-year-olds & teens is to strive for autonomy or independence. The parents' job is to set enough limits to guarantee the child's safety, health & development of age-appropriate prosocial & coping skills yet allow enough latitude for him to explore & learn to deal with his environment appropriately. Set rules & consequences, then follow through consistently without expressing anger. It's tough! ...Read more

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