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Old 01-13-2011, 11:33 AM
 
Location: S. Florida
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Kid turning two years old....what did you observe/remember?
I remember that two was a better age than three for my kids! Both of them (now 6 and 12) were pretty good at age two. Then they turned three, and they entered the TERRIBLE THREES!!!
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:46 AM
 
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I remember that two was a better age than three for my kids! Both of them (now 6 and 12) were pretty good at age two. Then they turned three, and they entered the TERRIBLE THREES!!!
Yes! 2 was nothing compared to 3. 3 was crazy. I'm enjoying 4.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I don't remember a whole lot. God helps you forget stuff like that! Seriously, there's worse to come! (J/K)
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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As someone with a 2-year-old (soon to be 3), I can only tell you that I agree with the saying "this too shall pass."

My daughters were polar opposites growing up. My oldest was easy to potty train, my nearly 3-year-old will go for 2 weeks in "big girl pants" then suddenly revert right back to diapers. My oldest was talking in complete sentences early in her 2s, my youngest didn't really start talking until just a few months ago, but now won't stop. Both love to read. Both love to play with dolls. My youngest sort of skipped the little kid toys in favor of her older sister's stuff but I think that's just because nothing is as cool as a Barbie to a 2-year old. My oldest was a good eater, my youngest not so much. My oldest is very cautious, my youngest is totally fearless. Both have slept well from the very beginning (thank God) and neither has every had a serious temper tantrum or meltdown in public.

The thing about 2-year olds is that there is no manual and if you don't have a sense of humor about the whole thing you will have a nervous breakdown.

Childhood is so fleeting...don't spend too much time worrying about "markers" and comparing your kids to others. Notice and get help if you think something is medically wrong with your kid and then just sit back and enjoy the ride.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:35 PM
 
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My son did not go through the terrible twos or threes. I was lucky I guess. He has always been a really laid back kind of kid. A couple of weeks ago I watched my niece's two year old for a whole week. OMG. I was completely stressed out. It has been a long time since I took care of a toddler (my son is now a teen) but this child was the complete opposite of how my son was. This little girl was moving non stop, everything was no, she was extremely demanding, didn't want her diaper changed and hid from me, a lot of temper fits. But she was so sweet and polite in the mornings. I am not a morning person but it was hard not to smile with such a cheerful greeting.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Ah, I love this thread! My son is 2 1/2 and so much of what others have posted rings true for us! I find it to be the most wonderful and the most trying age so far.

For the most part, what I've observed about the age is that they become little learning machines, with all manner of curiosity about the world and how they fit into it. I try to keep that in mind when I'm repeating the same thing for the billionth time in an hour! Seriously, though, they are like little sponges, absorbing information that we might not even realize - I can totally tell what I've been saying frequently based on what my son is saying (apparently, I've yelled at the dogs a lot this week!).

I try to remember that the tantrums and trying to assert himself are part of what he needs to do to grow and my job is to help him learn how to communicate these things effectively. Mostly, I'm with the3Ds who said "this too shall pass" - I'm counting on it, otherwise I'm running away from home!!
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:04 PM
 
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Mine seemed to learn the word "no" when they were about one and a half. By two years of age they were fine. Age 3 is when they start getting more opinionated and stubborn but in my opinion kids are easy until age 15 or so. Still not that tough but the eye-rolling and lip can irritate a parent and the hormones can make them less agreeable, moody and restless.
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