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The Terrible 2's times 2-What it means to have a 2 year old

Updated on July 25, 2012

Double Trouble


What it means to be living with the Terrible 2's

It is a normal stage in your child’s development, and they will get through it just fine. The question is, will you? It feels as if you are losing your mind. I feel as if I am talking to a wall when I talk to my children, who are both going through the TERRIBLE TWO’S. There is not a second of quiet time in my life, and barely a moments rest. My daughter is 1 ½ my son 2 ½, if I make it through this stage in their development-I will demand a ribbon of achievement or some sort of survival badge.

The Meaning of Terrible 2’s

The Terrible 2’s in my home means- it is virtually impossible to get two kids to take a nap at the same time.

Terrible 2’s means- It takes a minimum of 2 hours to get out of the house, because someone always needs a new diaper, wants a different toy or insists on a new movie for the car ride.

Terrible 2’s means there is 2 versions (at least) of dinner, each and every night.

Terrible 2’s is praying that they will take two bites of anything on their plate.

Terrible 2’s is, you need two nap times for the kids, but are lucky if you get 1.

Terrible 2’s means, two Motrin, two Tylenol two times every day.

Terrible 2’s means that I am guaranteed two horribly embarrassing tantrums when I decide I am brave enough to venture out of the house with both of them.

Terrible 2’s is, I can never get to bed before 2am, because I am attempting to organize what they destroyed.

Terrible 2’s means; what takes me 2 hours to clean, what takes them two minutes to destroy.

Terrible 2’s is wishing you had two hours of silence to sit in-but settling for two seconds.

Terrible 2’s means two arm-two hands and two eyes are never enough

Terrible 2’s is wishing now more than ever you could be two places at once, because no one is ever going in the same direction when you are trying to catch them.

Terrible 2’s means two outfits per day for two kids equals is part of the reason I must do two loads of laundry every two days

Terrible 2’s is how many of each toy we have to buy to get two minutes without fighting

Terrible 2’s means trying to keep them in time out for two minutes-but two year olds don’t like to sit still

Terrible 2’s is two baths a day-one after lunch-one after dinner because they are guaranteed two have two times more food on their bodies than in their tummy’s.

Terrible 2’s means dirty diapers by the dozen times 2

Terrible 2’s is how many times you pick a full plate of food off the floor twice a day

Terrible 2’ss means that your children’s two favorite words are no longer Mommy and Daddy but now, NO and MINE

But Terrible 2s also means…Two smiles when you walk in the door from work.

It means two goodnight kisses each time you try to put them to bed

It means two giggles from the back of the house when they discovered a butterfly

It means two heart stopping I love you’s when they get home from Grandma’s

It means two people in this world have my eyes and his nose

It means twice the amount of astonishment when lightning strikes or a bunny hops

It means two people that think that you are the very best two parents that ever existed

It means twice the amount of celebration when some one uses the potty.

It means two dances around the living room to anything that has a tune

It means two of the most important jobs you have ever had in your life-wont ever lay you off

It means twice as much love any 1 person in this world ever wished they had


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      Hans 2 years ago

      Beryl , what an Beryl , what an amazing repcie, I followed your directions to the T and it was amazing my wife and 2 children 3 & 5 yrs old all ate it up. AMAZING , That night the kids slept wit my wife & I because they do that some nights and all 4 of us were in our king size bed and Laughing because those beans gave us some wonderful anal artillary. I will check out some of your other video's as wellBlessings and Grace,Warren Tibbs , KC Missouri

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State I just finally got them out of diapers... I had two kids in diapers or pullups for 3 years...they money i spend on pampers, I cant even bare to think or consider... i am so happy and so is my bank account, that we are done with that finally :) Good luck...

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      mothermonster 6 years ago

      Thanks! :) I love being a mom, but god, I'd love to just have one little baby in diapers when my new baby arrives in December. Potty training here we come.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      mothermonster , I feel your mine are now 3 and 4 and I am losing my mind... The terrible two's got nothing on the Three or Four's... oh well... I am sure it will get better someday :) Thanks for commenting and reading my hub, good luck on all that is to come :)

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      mothermonster 6 years ago

      Great hub! I have a 2 year old daughter and am pregnant with a boy, so I feel like I am looking at a version of my future. I feel like I finally perfected the 1 kid gig and am adding another kiddo to the routine. Argh! But also wonderful. Very funny and true.

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      Holly 7 years ago from Lone Star State


      thank you for your comment- life is never dull and I am always busy... but I am always looked upon as the best person in the world-by the two people I love more than anything. Enjoy your little one, mine are hard to talk to, some day's hard to live with but always amazing...All I can really say is, being a Mom is great...although I wish I could get more sleep :)

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      EmmaMedu 7 years ago

      I read and heard about terrible 2's and I expect it to start any moment :o) But, who knows, maybe I will avoide it somehow :o).

      My daughter just turned out two a month ago and sometimes I also have a feeling that I'm talking to a wall.

      But, besides that I really can't complain, she is great kid and so easy to live, deal and talk to.

      Having two children must be more difficult and every little bad thing becomes 10 times bigger.

      Nice hub, enjoyed reading it.

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      Holly 7 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks Ronnie for commenting on this hub-I truly appreciate it. I know what you are feeling...some days I think my kids are getting the best of me, it takes everything I have to collect myself and smile while they push every last nerve I have. You will be fine- it will get better and you will get the hang of it. Good Luck-and dont forget to breathe :)

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      Ronnie 7 years ago

      Thank you for this... I'm a bit at my wits end with my 23 month old (and just brought home a newborn). Gosh, I NEVER imagined something could be so difficult.