JP turned 2 last December and I remember everybody warning me about the so-called “terrible twos”. Nobody ever gave me a complete definition or prevention advice, they’d just feel sorry for our family. I was convinced it was some parenting myth, at first.
We’ve been trekking along for the past 6 months, with no major changes. Everything seemed like rainbows and butterflies. I honestly thought we were skipping this dreadful phase that people warned me about. I didn’t dare brag to my other Mommy friends, because I didn’t want to jinx our luck.
But then…it all started a few weeks ago. I literally said to my husband, “I think we just hit the Terrible Twos”. Even though I didn’t have a Webster dictionary definition, my Mommy instincts told me I was F—ed.
Unlike my friends, who were either too scared to give me details or couldn’t exactly define it, I’m here to give you the 5 Signs You’ve Hit the Terrible Twos. I figure writing this down will be a great reference to me somebody, for my future kids, when I have rose-colored Mommy goggles on (or rosé goggles, if it’s after 5).
5 Signs You’ve Hit The Terrible Twos
1. They Think They Are Always Right. A 2 year old is determined AF! Even if it puts their life in danger, they’ll think it’s the right thing to do.
2. They Expect You to Understand Their Every Want. Toddlers can communicate hundreds of words to you, but only annunciate a few clearly. But God forbid you don’t understand what they’re saying. It’s only a matter of time before a royal temper tantrum breaks out.
3. They Are Like a Broken Record. Referring back to #2, it doesn’t matter if you don’t understand them. They’ll repeat the same words over and over expecting you to understand eventually.
4. Trips to the Store Become Even More of a Chore. I thought taking a newborn to the store was hard work, but a toddler is 10x worse. You’ll have two choices: buy that toy or deal with a public temper tantrum. I always pick the 2nd option, for him to forget about the toy as soon as we get home.
5. The Mood Swings Start. Just like a teenager, they are stuck between phases of life. One minute they are your sweet baby that wants snuggles and the next minute they are screaming/hitting/biting you.
I’m sure JP will surprise me with even more signs of the hellish Terrible Twos soon enough. But every night as I tuck him into bed and he says “love you”, I instantly forget all of our struggles from the day. Being a Mom is a constant emotional roller coaster, but I’m going to enjoy the ride.