May 19, 2011

Ode to the terrific twos

Ode to the terrific twos! Actually, let’s be honest, odes are difficult to write so instead here’s a haiku.

My toddler explodes
In a public place again
I am mortified

The terrific twos are wonderfully exhilarating yet they can also be downright terrible. I know there are some parents who natter on and on about how amazing their toddler is all the time. But let me be completely honest with you, we are not one of those families. I believe in telling it like it is and so I put it out there with the hope that someone else is going through the same thing I am and we can commiserate, laugh and support each other through it.

My toddler is bright, interesting, curious, intelligent, helpful, loyal and funny. And I love when people see those awesome traits in her. But it seems that at the most inopportune times, she embodies the stereotype of her age and melts down in the most public of places. For example, last week we went to the library. On the way there, we had a great time singing songs, reciting nursery rhymes, practising the alphabet and counting as we walked along. We even met another mom and baby on their way to the library and she was awesome as we got to know a new friend. Well, all that changed once we arrived at our destination. We greeted the other parents who were in the kids section, I got her out of her stroller and I have no clue what happened; my well behaved child decided that she wanted to pull books from the shelf, bump into another kid instead of saying excuse me to get around them and whine about wanting to go home ‘NOW’. If you are the parent of a regular toddler (not a super toddler like I mentioned above), you know that feeling of shame that comes over you when your little angel practically sprouts horns before your very eyes. And it doesn’t help when other parents glance at you with that, “can’t you get your kid under control” look. So, what did I do? The same thing I would have done if we were home. I gave her a warning and let her know that if she didn’t behave herself, I would put her in time out. And I would have done it too…right there in the library with all those looks of horror, outrage and pity. I would have put her in a time out because that’s how she’s getting real life training on how to conduct herself in public. We can practice it theoretically every day at home but the true test of how well she is learning that lesson is demonstrated in how she conducts herself when we are out in public.

So, if you see us at the grocery store or at the library and I am trying to manage my toddler’s meltdown, please don’t give us an audience; just keep on moving and go about your business as usual. After all, I am trying to raise a person and there are bound to be bumps in the road. I realize this is a significantly noisy bump but hopefully one day you will encounter a pretty awesome young person and think, “wow, they are so well mannered; their parents did an awesome job with them” and hopefully that youth will be an older version of my terrific toddler.


  1. Oh boy, can I empathize. I used to be one of those people who couldn’t believe parents couldn’t get a handle on their kids. I would glare with disgust. (Pre-children, people, pre-children. Karma is a ____). Now, I’m lucky if my toddler doesn’t stop an entire Best Buy in its tracks. Ugh. But, we gotta love ’em. They may not be super children, but they’re our children, and they rock!

    • You said it Laura! Let’s toast to the terrific two’s!
      Btw, I checked out your blogt to follow you and I love the line, “I’ve got a thing or two to discuss with that b*tch on Judgement Day” from your post Motherhood – It’s what God made us for! Hear, hear! Eve, you better watch your back girl!!!

  2. I have three kids and this is the period when I had to dig deep and breathe every time. I appreciate your post and it is really good for you to express yourself like that! Found you on the weekend blog hop! Come say hi when you can!

    • Hey Miriam, I’m following you too. Wow, you went through the terrific twos with three kids, I’m sending you props, big ups and hi fives girlfriend!

  3. I’m kinda dreading the terrific twos but I’ve got a while to go yet…

    Hi! I found you through the Sunday hop and hope you’ll hop on over to visit me and follow me back at:

    Happy Sunday,


    • Hey Kim, I’m following you too. Your swimsuit post really resonated with me. I blame celebrity moms for setting these unrealistic post pregnancy expectations. As real women without entourages (nutritionists, chefs, stylists etc.), it’s impossible to get our post baby bodies looking like we are 18 year olds subsiding on tic tacs. Can you tell it struck a nerve? Oh, I’m so dreading pool parties this summer! We should start a revolution…moms with real post baby bodies unite!

  4. I’m not a parent yet, so these stories are still fun for me to laugh at. Someday I’m sure I’ll be in the same situation though, and then I doubt they’ll be as funny!

    Found you at the Makind New Friends Blog Hop, and am glad I did! Am a happy new follower, great post!

  5. All I can say is … I understand all to well. My sweet toddler is just 2 years and 1 month, and she definitely has her days.

    Tonight being one of those. I home school her older brother and tonight we went to my church sponsored recognition ceremony for all the kids that have completed a grade and those graduating and what does the sweet girl do?

    In her loudest voice and during the graduation part of the program she yells “Food! Apple! Fooooooooooooooood! No!” Needless to say, I felt a bit embarrassed, but her daddy scooped her up and took her for food. I don’t think she learned much, except if you loud enough you’ll get what you want. We will work on that, but first I have to unwind her daddy from her finger, since she has him wrapped around her finger.

    All of us mom’s of those precious two year olds need to band together.

    • Oh Amy…we will be laughing at these stories for a long time but it’s dificult when we’re in the midst of it. Hang in there girlfriend! Btw, your recipes look awesome.

  6. Ahhh, the twos. 🙂

    New follower from the Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop. I’d love a follow back! 🙂


  7. Hola! I wish my boy was still in his terrific-twos stage – was so easy back then! haha

    On another note, found you at the FNF Blog Hop so following in any way I can 🙂

    Flora Loveday
    The Upper Hand

  8. I got here through the blog hop!
    Really like your blog! 🙂

    • Thanks, I’m now following your blog too! We did a two week tour of Italy before we had our daughter and I absolutely loved Rome. Have a gelato for me!

  9. Stopping by from Friday blog hop, Hope you can stop by and return the follow.
    Thanks so much

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