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Is it normal that my daughter never experienced the “terrible twos”?
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Dr Fricke reminds us that 'common' and 'normal' are not exactly the same. Well managed, even difficult periods in life can seem like a walk in the park. "That wasn't so bad after all!"
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends a lot on kid
Of the behavior styles kids grow into over time some kids are just good relators early on & seem to pick up on cues on how to fit in better. These kids are often quiet & enjoy people & like routines & simple activities more than headstrong kids.
Headstrong kids give the mellow ones a bad name. They are more likely to take off and test boundaries. Diversity of styles makes parenting an experience.

In brief: Depends a lot on kid
Of the behavior styles kids grow into over time some kids are just good relators early on & seem to pick up on cues on how to fit in better. These kids are often quiet & enjoy people & like routines & simple activities more than headstrong kids.
Headstrong kids give the mellow ones a bad name. They are more likely to take off and test boundaries. Diversity of styles makes parenting an experience.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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