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Is the ’Terrible Twos’ Really That Terrible?

Here’s why we don’t think so! Plus the developmental milestones you should look out for.

Don't be surprised if at the age of two, your child goes from clingy to super independent in a split second. It's part of the many changes children at the toddler stage are set to go through as they explore the world and make discoveries on their own.

This stage called the "terrible twos" is extra special: Children are at that point where they struggle between relying on you for their every need and their desire to be on their own. At the same time, two-year-old kids are going through several changes in other aspects of their development. They are still beginning to develop an understanding of rules, and when they become overly eager to explore and can't communicate their needs or control their feelings, this can lead to an explosive tantrum. Hence, the terrible stage begins.

But it's not as bad as you think. This supposedly "terrible" stage comes with milestones that are not only amazing to watch, but are also learning opportunities for children that should be taken advantage of. Here are some of them:

No more baby talk

A two-year-old's speech develops rapidly during this stage, as they are able to put two different words together, which are clear enough for parents to understand. Encourage them to express themselves verbally, and don't interrupt when they are trying to say something.

Your child can now follow simple directions

These include taking turns, or sorting objects by shapes or color. If you explain the activity to them in two or three short steps, then it will be easy for them to follow. Show them how it is done first before asking them to do it.

Now he knows make-believe play

At this stage, toddlers begin to imitate the actions of adults and playmates, so you'll see them pretending to be mommy or daddy, a doctor, or a teacher. This allows them to use their imagination, so give them the freedom to be as creative as possible.

He can express a wider range of emotions

These emotions can go from joy to anger to frustration. Make sure you are generous with praise when they deserve it, and don't give too much attention when they throw a tantrum. Agree with them on an acceptable way to show that they're frustrated, without hurting themselves or other people.

While all this is happening, you will also see your children develop other milestones: They begin to find a voice of their own, slowly learn to become independent, develop an adventurous spirit, and get creative by thinking outside the box. Gradually, you can also ask them to help with simple chores. This is the perfect time to shape them into able, confident, and independent children!

The opportunities for your child to learn are endless, so you can, in fact, turn the terrible twos into the terrific twos! Allow them to be curious, to explore their surroundings, and to enjoy their childhood. You don't have to worry about their health and well-being, as long as you use trusted products crafted for the most meticulous moms. 

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This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Belo Baby Bath and Body Line.