Reviving an old post on the terrible twos

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I wrote this post on September 4th, 2008, when my daughter was 2 years 3 months old and for some reason I never published it and it has been saved all this time.

Yesterday we were at the park with a friend whose daughter is 2 years 4 months and she asked me “did you guys go through the terrible twos?”   The answer was “YES” we went through the terrible twos and now we are onto the challenges of the threes, but I have to say it doesn’t hold a candle to the twos, at least for us.

It was good to go back to read this and laugh because it does really show, like everything, this TWO shall pass (pun intended.)

Here’s what I wrote back on that fateful day in September at the end of my rope…

“I am convinced my two-year-old has been body snatched by aliens.   If anyone has had the same thing happen to them, and your child has been safely returned, please advise.  To keep myself from crying after I finally got her down for a nap,  I sat staring at my computer to get my mind off of today’s unbelievable episodes.  None of which are logical.

I am not a cartoon fan.  I don’t even read cartoons, but I was so desperate for some sense of comic relief from the events that have transpired the last few days, I actually Googled “terrible twos cartoons.”  Desperate times call for desperate measures.

The one with the parents tied up reminded me of my husband and I this weekend;  we were held hostage by a 25 pound bully.   One minute she would be playing and happy, the next moment something totally irrational would set her off.  My favorite was when she flipped out when  daddy asked her what she had for lunch.  Threw a complete fit as if it were the most offensive question she had ever heard.

The one with the suntan lotion cracked me up, as I am so tired today I didn’t even GET it.  I actually studied it for a few moments to get what was funny.   For those in my same position, look at the spelling of the lotion.  If you can’t read it (sorry it is so small) it says “Total SON Block.”

And, the Supernanny one hit home because we had to do a few time-outs this weekend, and I had Jo Frost in my head the whole time.  I wish Jo Frost lived with us to counsel me on this SO unchartered territory!  Sigh.”

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    ptb says:

    So funny – This is so true for me right now with my daughter. Actually she is 2.5 so we are starting to come out of it a bit. Sometimes all I can do is just laugh at how strong the need is for her to control the situation and how BI POLAR this stage is!

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    michelle b says:

    I re-read this post again today! How is it possible to not want and want something with equal intensity? The son block one is the best.

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