Are the ‘Terrible Twos’ Becoming the ‘Terrible Ones’?
Recent research from toddler specialist Dr. Frans Plooij, author of “The Wonder Weeks,” reveals that aggression, manipulation, yelling, disruptive behavior, and a propensity to say “NO!” may actually start right after a toddler turns one. A baby’s brain rapidly increases in mental capacity after 15 months, thus leaving babyhood behind and entering toddlerhood. According to Dr. Plooij, a child starts learning “how to assert himself and separate himself from everyone around him. For the first time, a child understands he is a different person than mommy and his family is a different family than another family…At this age in development, the now-toddler has figured out how to push the right buttons until he gets what he wants” (SFGate.com).
Coining the term “teenaging toddler,” Dr. Plooij sees the early development of the “terrible twos” as a positive—it’s a prime time for parents to teach their kids certain goals, morals, values, and socialization skills. Good life lessons will lay the groundwork for well-adjusted kids as they grow up and eventually become teens and adults.
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