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”!