The “terrific twos”!

People often like to refer to this stage in life as the “terrible twos“.

I will not.  I dislike this label, and will never use it when referring to a two-year old child.

Oh sure, they can have their moments, but let’s be honest, we all do from time to time.

A two-year old is curious.  They are expressive, and yes, they are challenging.  They are learning, and they are sponges…and like a sponge, they are soaking in everything that is sent their way.

But what they are not, is terrible.  I think that they are amazing!

Just think about what is going on.  They have learned the major skills of walking, running and climbing, and now they are in the process of fine tuning those skills, as well as working on their fine motor skills.

They have gone from being totally dependent, to a limited form of independence. They are able to move around and do things on their own.  More importantly, and I think probably one of the most amazing things that they are doing, is learning to communicate with words!

Think about the freedom this brings! Who wouldn’t get a little crazy once in a while?

It really is pretty exciting when you stop and think about it, and I think that’s probably what every healthy two-year old child is doing.

Expressing their excitement in their new-found freedom! It’s time to do the “happy dance”!

Yes, it can be frustrating when we don’t understand them, and when they don’t understand us. But when he looks up in to my eyes, and reaches out his hand to me and says “hold hand“, my heart simply melts.

In moments like this, and in so many others, I’m reminded just how special this little life is, and that it really is…”terrific to be two”!

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8 thoughts on “The “terrific twos”!

  1. That phrase has always bothered me too, “terrific” is a much better choice. 🙂

    • Becky says:

      Ahh, good to know I’m not the only one! I mean really, it’s hard enough just being two! We don’t need to add to the difficulty of it all by giving it a negative title, right?! 🙂

  2. Perfect 🙂 I agree with you 100%,

    My daughter is 2 years old and I could relate to each sentence you have written above.

    They are brimming with energy and as you said they are like sponge 🙂

    We just have to be patient, really really patient, it’s the best time for us parents I feel.

    • Becky says:

      Ahhh,yes! Patience 🙂 A key element in being a parent for kids of ALL ages, but certainly a necessity with a 2 year old! I’m so glad you are enjoying these moments with your daughter – the time will fly by quickly. She is a precious gift, and blessed to have you as her parent.

  3. Terrific two sounds just right. They are adorable at that age. Mine did have some terrible two’s and three’s but I think the word terrible is a bit to much description. They are after all our little angels and the love, joy they give are priceless.

    • Becky says:

      🙂 I know it’s hard, and every day at that age is a challenge, but that is exactly the reason I prefer to focus on the positive – it’s hard enough as it is just being two & three…maybe we could help them out a little by giving them a better description!
      And yes…I agree with you, they are priceless gifts, treasures to love and cherish!

  4. Terrific two sounds just right. They are adorable at that age. Mine did have some terrible two’s and three’s but I think the word terrible is a bit to much description. They are after all our little angels and the love, joy they give are priceless.

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