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The Terrible Two’s

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This post has been brewing for awhile…for approximately seven months and two weeks, or, when my daughter turned two.

It even seemed like she hit the terrible two’s before she was two. If that’s even possible.

And I swear, every time I claim that she is in the midst of “the terrible two’s” her behavior continues to downward spiral. So now I’m finally writing it in the hopes that this really the low point, because HOW COULD IT GET ANY WORSE?!?!

Sure, she is an angel half of the time. Like when she’s at school, with her grandparents, or when strangers try to talk to her. Oh, and when she’s sleeping.

But the other half of the time? She. Is. The. Devil. Not even a devil. The devil.

She turns into a different child. Tears flow and the yelling, screaming, crying starts. We even get arms folded across her chest and “It’s not fair!” now.

The best is when we are out in public and the tantrum starts in the parking lot. Have you ever been carrying one child in an infant car seat and then had to scoop up your second child with your free arm so that cars don’t hit her? It’s super fun!

Today’s tantrum was a good one.

I picked her up from school after lunch and brought her home for nap.

As soon as I unbuckle her from the car she starts talking about candy.

“I want candy.”

“Mommy, I want candy.”

This is because she has been carrying around a Hello Kitty Pez Dispenser that my mom bought her. (Thanks, Mom!)

Every time Hello Kitty is empty, she thinks it should immediately be refilled with more Pez. Awesome!

I told her we’d discuss the candy issue once we got inside. (Where the neighbors can’t hear her screaming when I say no.)

Going inside made everything worse. Because on the counter she saw this:


She must’ve thought it was Christmas or her birthday or Halloween or something, because why else would Mommy have a huge stash of candy on the kitchen counter just waiting for her??

Unfortunately for her, the big box of Smarties candy was for a future blog post…a Valentine’s Day craft, if you must know. (Thanks for sending that, Smarties!)

And besides, even if I didn’t need the candy for something else, it’s naptime. We don’t eat candy right before a nap I have recently learned.

Hearing this “No, we’re not having candy right now” sent her into a tailspin. She cried and screamed SO loud, there was no point in trying to reason with her.

I just picked her up, placed her in her bed, and closed the door.

Sixty seconds later she was banging on her door to get out (we have child locks on the door). “I WANT MOMMY!” she was wailing.

I opened the door and she instantly calmed down. I explained that it was still naptime, but that she could watch one episode of Curious George first.

This did the trick until it was again time for nap. More tears, but I didn’t care. Mommy needs to get stuff done! (Like write this post.)

So…what have you found to work when your child is in this lovely stage?

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  • Melanie
    January 15, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Maybe mommy should eat apples when she says she is eating apples. Keep less junk in the house!

    • The Naughty Mommy
      January 15, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      I try not to buy junk. Other people bring it to my house.

  • Erica
    January 15, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    This sounds exactly like my son!! He will be three on May 6th. People have been telling me three is worse–if that is even possible!

    • The Naughty Mommy
      January 15, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      At least two-year-olds are really funny, too…I mean, she cracks me up all day long. The things that come out of her mouth!

  • Jeannette Bezinque
    January 15, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    OMG I can’t even imagine the drama if that happened in my house. Oh wait, it would be the SAME. LOL. This reminds me of my own experience with Todzilla. Thanks for the laughs 😉

    • The Naughty Mommy
      January 15, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Oy Jeannette, you’ll have a terrible 2 again soon, right?

  • Caitlin
    January 15, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    I just wrote about my daughter and terrible twos today too. Oh sometimes I don’t know how we get through the day.

    • The Naughty Mommy
      January 16, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      Caitlin I just went and read yours…she doesn’t seem as bad as mine!

  • Sarah @ Finnegan & The Hughes
    January 15, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Just wait because 3 is WORSE!!

  • Jen
    January 15, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Three is definitely worse. Although, Meg is 4.5 and although she may not throw temper tantrums sometimes her attitude makes me think she is a B in training…ok when she’s 30, not ok now!

  • Laura
    January 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    These days I have very little energy to reason with my little man. I usually give him the iPad and turn the lights off – even if he doesn’t take his nap he gets some rest. I’m not proud of it – but I need SOME down time!

    • The Naughty Mommy
      January 16, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      I need to teach my daughter how to work the tablet by herself. What does your son play on the iPad?

  • Karla T.
    January 19, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Yes, 3 is WORSE!

    • The Naughty Mommy
      January 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      Your kids are at good ages, Karla.

      • Karla T.
        January 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        I would have to agree, but they have been trained. We have rules:

        1. Don’t leave your room until after 8AM
        2. Don’t wake anyone else up just because you are up
        3. If you are hungry, your options are a toaster waffle, Gogurt or an apple (wash it off first)
        4. You may play video games on the third floor, but the volume cannot go higher than 15.
        5. Don’t wake mommy and daddy up unless someone is injured.

        • The Naughty Mommy
          January 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM

          You need to make “Karla’s Rules” into a Pinterest infographic. So parents everywhere can print it out!