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Do The Terrible Twos End At Three?

I JUST wrote a post about putting my toddler’s behavior issues in perspective. I have been trying to tell myself that the crazy-bad behavior is just a normal part of growing up. Yet, here I am again, stressed beyond belief due to my toddler’s poor behavior.

Please tell me that this child is going to turn into a sweet, normal kid again soon. PLEASE.

I am just having a hard time accepting the fact that I have that kid. You know, the one throwing a complete fit in public, not listening to his parents, and stealing toys from other kids? That one.

Every single day is a struggle, and I feel like I am taming a wild beast.

What is really funny, is that I used to talk a lot of smack about kids who behaved poorly in public. I was convinced that when I had children, there was absolutely no chance that I’d ever end up in a situation where I had to drag my child kicking and screaming out of a store. No way.

It is tough to realize that sometimes, we can’t control our little one’s behavior. I know that I need to be patient, and consistent, and that things will get better, but that screaming kid you see in a restaurant? It isn’t always a result of bad parenting. Sometimes it’s just a really good 2-year-old testing his boundaries.

When did your toddler start coming out of the terrible twos phase?

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