Terrible Twos

What does terrible twos mean?

Rebellious stage exhibited by two year olds

Terrible twos is a stage of child development that most kids around two years old go through. The stage is made up of rebellious, often terrible, behavior.

Growing up can be difficult and parenting kids that are growing up can be even more difficult. Around the age of two is when kids begin to express themselves and their frustration. Since they're learning, much of this communication comes in the form of yelling, screaming, and temper tantrums. Unfortunately, nor most parents the terrible twos often lead to the threenager phase.


Just getting into the terrible twos as Simone has learned the power of "no.
A little girl in her terrible twos

A little girl in her terrible twos

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Updated August 22, 2016

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