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When You're Two

Every day’s an adventure when you’re two. From gaining independence and testing boundaries to learning new ways to boss your older siblings around, the “terrible twos” are a critical time for our toddlers to develop new skills.

They’re funny. They’re silly. They’re eager to learn and they love a challenge (as long as they’re the ones calling the shots!)

They live in the moment and can teach the rest of us the true meaning of carpe diem. Here’s what life’s really like when you’re two.

 


  • Attitude is everything. 1 of 13
    Attitude is everything.
    Two year olds are notorious for their 'tude...and they're not afraid to show it off! Photo Credit: Farewell Stranger
  • Waiting really is the hardest part. 2 of 13
    Waiting really is the hardest part.
    Toddlers aren't exactly known for their patience, but sometimes the wait is worth it. Especially when there's a bounce house involved.
  • Sometimes a little dirt on the face is necessary. 3 of 13
    Sometimes a little dirt on the face is necessary.
    When you're two, there's a lot of fun to be had outside. Sometimes a dirty face is just part of the game. Photo Credit: June&Bear
  • You’ve got to be prepared for any fun that might come your way. 4 of 13
    You've got to be prepared for any fun that might come your way.
    This little guys gets two thumbs up for being ready for wherever the day's fun takes him. Photo Credit: Cara Bailey
  • Haircuts… 5 of 13
    Haircuts...
    There's nothing like a little boy with a head full of baby curls.
  • …are dramatic. 6 of 13
    ...are dramatic.
    But the time comes when "baby boy" becomes "big boy" and a trip to barber shop is necessary. Let's hope he got a lollipop. Photo credit: Isabella Blake Photography
  • Swinging never gets old. 7 of 13
    Swinging never gets old.
    Toddlers love being outside! Photo Credit: Becca Harmon
  • There’s no such thing as being 8 of 13
    There's no such thing as being
    For two year olds, imaginary play often takes the shape of dressing in costumes. They can come up with some really innovative styles! Photo: Rebecca Bell
  • You’re always the last to finish your ice cream cone. 9 of 13
    You're always the last to finish your ice cream cone.
    She may be slow, but this little girl is enjoying every last lick of her ice cream cone.
  • Your superpowers are endless, and your adorableness knows no bounds. 10 of 13
    Your superpowers are endless, and your adorableness knows no bounds.
    He's confident and ready for action! Photo credit: The Dawning of January
  • Every once in a while you get sick of the momarazzi. 11 of 13
    Every once in a while you get sick of the momarazzi.
    She knows how to strike a pose.
  • Cousins are for kissing… 12 of 13
    Cousins are for kissing...
    Goodbyes are so sweet!
  • …and for practicing the camel clutch on. 13 of 13
    ...and for practicing the camel clutch on.
    As we all know, toddlers can sometimes play too rough. They test their boundaries and need lots of limits. This little guy was reminded that not everyone likes to wrestle!

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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