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Terrible Twos

3-Year-Olds Are Amazing. Also, They Sort of Suck.

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

Sure enough, my youngest child had become a contrarian, a master negotiator, a bedtime-delayer, a nap-refuser and a vitamin thief in the weeks approaching her third birthday. I pined for the days when I would tuck her in with a kiss, close the door and not hear from her for 12 hours

The Not-So-Terrible Twos

Ashlee Gadd | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Ashlee Gadd

Every morning, my 2-year-old brings me his shoes with no destination in mind, no grand plan or ulterior motive. He simply wants to have an adventure. And whether we end up at the park or the bank, he is equally pleased, and says, "Dat was fun!" as we walk back to the car.

Mama, Will You Hold My Hand?

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

Three is the age of extreme emotion. One minute I've got a sweet-as-pie charming little girl who can squeeze not one cookie, but two out of me with a smile and big bear hug. Minutes later, she spits in my face .

Independence Day Came Early for Our Little Girl

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

We might be less than a week away from the Fourth of July, but Sienna's been in the throes of a sudden independence streak.

Sorry, Son, But It's Not Me, It's You!

Mike Julianelle | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Several months into the carnival of horrors that is my son's threenage wasteland, I'm done taking the blame for his crappy behavior.

Refusing to Surrender

Ron Brounes | Posted 05.18.2014 | Parents
Ron Brounes

I love my kids more than life itself. But between the tantrums and the arguing and the bossiness and the talking back and the selective hearing and the procrastination, I occasionally long for those carefree days When I have one of those wishful kid-free moments, I think of Zach and his family (and I hug my daughters more tightly).

3-Year-Olds Are A**holes

Sarah Fader | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

I am here to tell you that "everyone" was wrong. Two-year-olds are challenging, but they are nowhere near as hard to deal with as 3-year-olds.

Learning From Our Children

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 02.05.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

How many of us have really thought about why we became parents, what our expectations were and how we're meeting those expectations? Most of us have gotten to a point in our children's lives when we ask ourselves, "How did this happen? What am I doing wrong?"

Can This Help Parents Of Difficult Toddlers Cope?

Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents

By: By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 11/05/2013 04:47 PM EST on LiveScience Parents of difficult toddlers can benefit from group trai...

Why I Love Lying to My Kid

Mike Julianelle | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Lennay Kekua, Jesus, democracy. They'll buy it all, especially if a parent is selling it. And now that I'm dealing with an increasingly curious and willful toddler, my house is like eBay. I'm selling more BS than Joe Isuzu.

10 Ways Living With A Toddler Is Like Being In Prison

Mike Julianelle | Posted 10.16.2013 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

It's uncanny how many aspects of the parenting experience remind me of prison -- complete with a sadistic little warden who harbors a Napoleon complex.

The Dog House

Caren Chesler | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Caren Chesler

For several months now, I've been carrying around a photo of my 2-year old son, Eddie, wedged inside a book of essays. "Cute photo. Is that your inspiration?" asked my friend, Eileen. "No. I carry that photo around so that when I get mad at him, I can remember how cute he is," I said.

Life Lessons From Tears and Tantrums

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Toni Nagy

As adults, we become aware of how our emotional fluctuations impact others, but my toddler doesn't give a care that her moods might stress me out. Her main concern is making it known that she wants her sparkly shoes and not her red ones

How Not to Fly With a Toddler

John Corcoran | Posted 07.13.2013 | Parents
John Corcoran

For those who haven't had the pleasure of doing it, taking an energetic 2-year-old on an airplane feels kind of like transporting a sack of live bees. He's constantly moving, other passengers don't want to sit too close to you and every once in awhile, you get stung.

A Letter To My Son Regarding Mother's Day

Mike Julianelle | Posted 07.11.2013 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

We're going to brunch and we're gonna have a good time, and you're going to lay off the screaming and the tantrums and the defiance and everything else for the day.

The Terrible Twos Were NOTHING Compared To This

Adrian Kulp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Adrian Kulp

Every day, I suit up for battle. It's not just the usual twice-a-day stuff like "I don't wanna go" or "I don't wanna eat that for breakfast." I'm talking about something every hour. Screaming, pushing, punching, biting, spitting, back-talking, karate kicks and testicle head butts. All in a day's work.

This Is What 2 Looks Like

Kristen Levithan | Posted 03.25.2013 | Parents
Kristen Levithan

Two years ago, I lay in a hospital bed, a fetal monitor strapped to my belly. Your heartbeat accelerated and decelerated, sending the monitor's needle dancing. The nurse smiled: "This one is going to be a handful." You're much more than a handful now, 2 years old and full of fire.

Self-Help From a 2-Year-Old

Jason Good | Posted 07.24.2012 | Parents
Jason Good

If you're gonna run, do it at top speed, man. Life is too short to walk in the mall.

15 Ways NOT To Raise Your Toddler

| Posted 01.12.2012 | Parents

By Mira Jacob I am a parenting editor and a mom. This means that all day, every day, I read about how to raise better children, and then go home an...

Tonight's Tantrums

Amy Fox | Posted 02.06.2012 | Parents
Amy Fox

Much of the time my child is extremely reasonable. Much of the time she is utterly delightful. And the rest of the time she is two years old.

The Reality Of 'Ignoring' Tantrums

Hayley Krischer | Posted 02.05.2012 | Parents
Hayley Krischer

On a good day, I try to give my two-year-old choices. I attempt to keep my voice low. If she doesn't respond, then I remove her from the situation and tell her I'll speak to her when she's done screaming.

The Inevitable 'Terrible Twos'

Meredith C. Carroll | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meredith C. Carroll

When I was pregnant I postulated that any kid born to me would be the exception to all the classic pratfalls of childhood.

Mama Said There'd Be Days Like These

Meredith C. Carroll | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meredith C. Carroll

Like the Eskimos who purportedly use dozens of words for "snow," my daughter has countless ways to whine. Although instead of using lots of words to do it, she uses only one: "Mama."

My Child, the Chupacabra

Suz Redfearn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Suz Redfearn

We tried to understand, to reason with Eve, but half the time what she was campaigning for with her roaring and writhing didn't even make sense.