The Terrible Two’s Aren’t Just for Two-Year Olds

My husband and I were comparing notes about our son this week and we discovered some interesting changes in his behavior. Our usually calm son has begun a daily routine of loud whining when he doesn’t get his way. He has also begun that dreaded arching of the back when it is time to go into the car seat or the high chair. The other day, I almost had to put him his stroller and walk him home from daycare because he was so adamant about not wanting to get into the car. With a little research and discussion with other parents we found that this new behavior is the beginning of what is referred to as “the terrible two’s”. Well, add to this mix 3 cups of stress from the office and a dash of PMS and it really makes for a lovely concoction of emotions running through our household. So how does one save the day and keep the smiles rolling? Here are some suggestions we are trying to implement in our house and they seem to be working:
  1. When Junior starts screaming, pick him up and hug and kiss him and tell him how much you love him and he usually calms down – eventually.
  2. Have a rule that only one spouse at a time can be cranky and complaining and then take turns.
  3. Tell your spouse to say “I Love You” every time you are extremely cranky and snap at them – and remember you told them to do that.
This week, I encourage you to be aware of your emotions at home and to do what is necessary to take care of yourself and your family. I’d love to hear some of what you have been trying that works to keep a peaceful and happy home. Until next week, Cheryl