Are the ‘Terrible Twos’ Becoming the ‘Terrible Ones’?

terrible-twosParents all dread the “terrible twos”—an age when sweet infants suddenly morph into tantrum-throwing toddlers overnight.

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.

See more Parents.com resources on the “terrible twos”:

Has your toddler reached the “terrible twos” yet?  How are you dealing?  What values and life lessons are you teaching?

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  1. by adrienne

    On November 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    The twos are nothing compared to the pure misery of the threes.

  2. by Nicole

    On November 5, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I completely agree- the threes are far worse than the twos!

  3. by Christie Myrthil

    On November 6, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I have a infant that is 6 months old. Is this age to early to start teaching morals, values, and socialization skills so that we can avoid the terrible two’s/three’s.

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