Who Said The Twos Were Terrible? (Every Parent Ever)

Who Said The Twos Were Terrible? (Every Parent Ever)

I consider myself to be somewhat well versed in parenting two-year olds now, my eldest has just departed her year of being two and my youngest is into it. In fact for a whole month I had two two year olds.

As two-year olds go my daughter wasn’t TOO problematic, or is that my rose-tinted glasses benefiting from hindsight? She had her moments don’t get me wrong, she was fickle, meal times were laughable and eating out remains a tall order. She was certainly the boss, she would tell me where to sit, how to sit and what to do. Failure to comply would usually result in a meltdown of some sort. She could be very up and down, happy and laughing one minute only to be in all out breakdown mode the next. She was very sensitive and if she did have a melt down in true female form you would know about it. She would drag it out, whinge and cry and then throw it back in your face next Tuesday.

All in all though I would say we fared relatively well. Now though it is the turn of my boy, who has been two for all of two months now, and don’t we know it.

Granted he is less miserable now than he used to be, according to Nanny Pat anyway but he still portrays some sterling characteristics embodied by many a two-year old, I suspect, hope.

1. Stubbornness
Man alive is the little man stubborn. He will not yield if he does not want to. If he doesn’t want to do something he will not do it, you will just be told a loud and resounding NO. Similarly if he wants to do something he will do it anyway, climbing over the sofa, jumping on the bed, usually something destructive and naturally dangerous. My girl however I think wins the stubbornness race, she is fiercely stubborn and I found myself tricking her into getting shit done. You soon become a master negotiator when parenting two-year olds, or great at bribery. One of those. The other day the boy did a wee on the potty and INSISTED he emptied it. So there we were walking slower than ever has he went to empty the contents in the loo. We get there and having the motor skills of a two-year old he threw it everywhere. And there we stood, the boy got his own way and we are both covered in piss.

2. Tantrums
Oh the classic phase of the toddler. Something the boy has adopted with full gusto, of late. Usually resulting from the aforementioned stubbornness and my attempts to not let him have his own way all.the.time. If of course things aren’t going his way, he will sulk, throw himself on the floor and screw up his face. Unlike the girl however his attention span is not that great and he’ll soon forget whats he’s moaning about and move on. The girl, well we could be subject to an actual hour of soul-destroying screams. Yay.

Toby having a tantrum

3. Naughty
This has to be the biggy for our house, he is oh so naughty. My mushy mummy glasses might be tempted to say cheeky but we all know. Bed times are met with hot angry tears and wails of ‘NO’, unwanted food is thrown forcefully on the floor, in fact anything and everything is thrown, at all times. He will run up to his sister take her dolly throw it and run off, because it’s funny. You can tell him off or not to do something and he does not give two shits, he will quite literally laugh in your face and do it anyway. Sharing does not compute, everything is always ‘MY TURN’ and he hits, man does he like to hit his sister. Incidentally she is the biggest grass going. I can come into a room of screams and you can guarantee she will run up to me, or anyone who will listen and report back the events of sabotage. I don’t know how I will ever tame the naughtiness because he simply does not care. Anyone?

4. Loud
Two year olds are loud, have you noticed? Even my quiet girl found her voice and this age but oh lord it is nothing compared to the volume in my tiny man. He shouts all.the.time. He wants to be seen and heard, he wants to be centre of attention at all times. He has short man syndrome. He is playful and boisterous, he charges about the house singing (shouting). His yells for MUMMA are deafening. There is never a quiet moment in these 4 walls. Please tell me I am not alone?

Toby looking cheeky

Despite being run ragged trying to tame them, battling their surprisingly quick wit and frankly ridiculous logic not to mention trying to get them through the day in one piece, despite being utterly exhausted and in need of some serious down time, those terrible two can be really funny. Trying and infuriating yes, but also funny. Watching them break into spontaneous dance, or adopt a yoga pose (which the boy does daily, declaring he is doing yoga. Listening as they try to speak and fluff their words always makes me giggle. Or as they try to replicate you and you hear a sigh followed by ‘Oh my sake’. Watching them order each other around or actually play together and start to be little children is quite amazing. When I look back at the toddler my girl was when she turned two to what feels like the young girl she started to become as she turned three I can see such progress in her, such growth. There were some ridiculous moments during that year that probably left me crying, or drinking, but there were some bloody good ones too.

Zara and toby under hand dryer


Maybe it is the twos, maybe it is the gender difference, who knows, but when it comes to the ‘terrible twos’ well they’re not totally terrible but when they are bad they are terrible.

Who Said The Twos Were Terrible? Every parent ever. A post about the highs and lows, mostly lows, of raising two year olds. From tantrums to stubbornness. Laugh or cry people laugh or cry.


  1. September 11, 2017 / 5:29 am

    Yes to all of these things! They are very familiar thanks to our 2.5 yr old daughter. She is generally a very good child but when she’s having a feisty day she is a nightmare. Loads of demands, lots of silly tantrums that sound as if it’s the end of the world because we won’t let her watch another episode of Paw Patrol. My youngest is nine months so I have to repeat it all again in a year! #familyfunlinky

  2. September 11, 2017 / 6:06 am

    The Popple definitely exhibits some terrible two behaviours (stubbornness, selfishness, loudness), but so far I don’t know think she’s that bad. Yes, she has the odd tantrum, but it usually passes if I can distract her. I’ve also heard other parents complain that their 2-year-old goes through a hitting/biting stage, but the Popple hasn’t done any of that…yet. #familyfunlinky

  3. September 11, 2017 / 9:09 am

    Twos are definitely terrible but we have a Threenager now and I feel like he’s even more terrible as he can expression himself better (he’s a late talker). Add the “I’m in control, right” to the above list. Some tantrums are really really hard to handle. But as they say – it’s a stage! #familyfunlinky

  4. September 11, 2017 / 10:23 am

    The Boy actually was ok at 2. He had his moments, but generally, he was alright. 3 and 4 were worse! The Bobsy is approaching 2 now and i can see she’ll be a monster! #familyfunlinky

  5. September 11, 2017 / 11:21 am

    Yeah I do not miss those days! My oldest wasn’t that bad either but my youngest was my “problem child” from age 2 to about 6 lol.

  6. September 11, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    I think that I am the only person who has said that the two’s aren’t terrible! I wrote it all down in a blog post called ‘please don’t call them the terrible two’s’ and people actually really liked it :) #familyfunlinky

  7. September 11, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    It’s three that is the age of the asshole.

    beware of three.

  8. September 11, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    #FamilyFun haha, yup two isn’t great. i remember when he answered me back and my first thought was ‘why did i teach him to speak?’…three meant options and it would seem four has its ugly moments. J has never had a public tantrum though, so i guess i should count my blessings

  9. September 11, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    I have 8 year old twins. You’re doing great by the sounds of it. Would it be wrong to tell you that they get louder, naughtier and more stubborn, and have even bigger tantrums? Ooops, sorry! (They get smarter and more fun too!)

  10. September 12, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Its a trap! Like was said already, I found the three to four years to be the most problematic. After that it gets pretty easy until about 13 though. lol #familyfun

  11. September 13, 2017 / 5:55 am

    I thought my son was bad when he hit the terrible twos. It I had no idea how lucky we’d had it until my daughter came along. She’s been in the terrible twos since the day she was born and is still in it at 3! Although we are getting a little more respite between tantrums and shouts of no. And I’m with you on the funny. As hard is it gets, they never fail to make you laugh x

  12. September 13, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Can already relate to this and my boy is only 14 months haha what on earth do we have to look forward to. xx #familyfunlinky

  13. September 13, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Oh my goodness – our eldest didn’t have the terrible twos but he had the horrendous threes! It all came later. My youngest, feistier child has been having tantrums since he could walk! It will end at some point – hopefully – wont it?! Hopefully it’s soon! #familyfunlinky

  14. My kids are all past the terrible twos and threenagers phases, and gosh am I happy about that. My daughter remains by far the most stubborn of the lot, and my are the boys loud! I’d say your little man won’t get any quieter as he grows older, unfortunately…

  15. September 14, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Man alive we are in the midst of this at the moment and it is often HARD work but also there are super cute times too! Twin 2 can be sooooo loud with her wailing at bedtime and twin 1 is super stubborn. They are BOTH so demanding! I love reading your posts about your two – you make me feel normal :-) xxxxx have a good holiday xx #familyfunlinky

  16. September 17, 2017 / 8:52 am

    This is all in preparation for ‘three’, be warned. And then ‘four’. But you have a while before that so I won’t scare you yet. Come back in a year! 😉 #familyfun