Posted by: dinainsuburbia | December 30, 2008

Putting the Terrible in Twos

The past couple of days Maddie’s behavior has taken a major dive.  She’s constantly whining, crying, and complaining.  If she doesn’t get her way she lays on the floor and pouts.  Thankfully she hasn’t done this out… yet… but only in the house.

I have to keep reminding myself that this is only a phase because John and I are both losing patience fast.

If we’re upstairs she wants to be down and if we are downstairs she wants to be up.  She is in need of CONSTANT stimulation too- no longer content to play by herself for more than, say, 30 seconds.

I find myself grossly unprepared to deal with the constant whining/crying- it cuts through me like a knife.  I feel horrible for not having unlimited patience because she is, after all, only two years old.  But seriously- how long does this phase last?  I’m not sure I am going to be able to make it!



  1. if it was a really sudden change: are you sure she’s just not still sick? everyone i’ve ever known says the terrible twos are a myth it’s the threes that suck, and it was so for both of my boys. you’ll have good days and bad days, but 1-2-3 Magic works pretty well if you do it exactly as you are supposed to execute it. There are a book and DVD, but you can read about it here:

  2. it’s not a myth. the 2s are bad and the 3s are worse. i’m hoping 4 will be better all around. when maddie gets older and starts talking more there will be more whining and complaining only in the future she’ll be complaining in complete sentences and repeating everything you say so when you are out people will think you’re horrible because she’ll say, don’t tell me to be quiet! but loud enough for the whole world to hear. start having cocktails. regularly. and wait til she gives up her nap! it never ends

  3. Nah, seriously, 1-2-3 Magic is great my kids were pretty easy when we started doing it. Don’t stress; kids smell fear on ya! lol

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