Can I tell you a secret? This girl is kicking my trash, emotionally. I don’t mean that lightly. Her age, 2, has caught me blindsided, even though I knew what to expect. She is an irascible, spirited toddler–as evidenced by her reaction to the little things: Her defiance of anything involving the words “help mommy clean up the mess, please” ; her stubborn, “No!” when I attempt to take any picture (see photo above); her physical aggression when she doesn’t get the candy, cookie, or practically anything else she asks for.
Yet, I refuse to label her stage, “terrible.”* I guess it comes down to my refusal to give in. Her two’s have brought unforeseen complications–bigger and faster (and more expensive) messes, stubborn refusals to sleep, and constant battles over what activities we should do during the day. In the middle of this, I keep reminding myself that there is so much more to this age than tantrums and obstinacy. After a few weeks, I finally saw the priceless treasures: Spontaneous hugs and kisses, (positive) independence, language, knowledge, intuition, compassion, empathy, and laughter.
Yeah, the twos are rough; however, in my mind, they are like any other stage–with positives and negatives. When I’m looking close enough, I notice the positives significantly outnumber the negatives. Maybe I’ll rename this stage the terrific twos, just to throw my pessimistic side off. Then again, maybe not.
*If you or anyone else you know uses this phrase, please know I would never correct you. Heck, I totally understand why the twos are called terrible. For me, I try to avoid using that phrase because it would only remind me of the negatives. Believe me, I need all the optimism I can fabricate; hence my suggestion to rename the label.
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