Does “the terrible twos” actually exist?

Very interesting article from my colleague Mike

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s1030647_2I’ve never agreed with the idea of the “terrible twos” and now a former teacher, coach, and therapist has come out and said what many of us have long thought.

Tantrums are caused by lax parental discipline and unrealistic expectation rather than being an inevitable part of child development.

9781785831089newGillian Bridge, in her new book The Significance Delusion says this behaviour is peculiar to the UK and the USA where there is an acceptance that toddlers’  frustrations are worked out in “semi-feral behaviour labelled the terrible twos” which doesn’t exist in many other parts of the world.

She says visitors to the UK are often baffled by misbehaving toddlers and either had higher standards of behaviour for their own children or were more indulgent of childhood without having expectations about a child’s self-control. Some thought Brits expected too much of their youngsters.

In more traditional cultures…

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2 Responses to Does “the terrible twos” actually exist?

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with this. The cultural understanding of developmental phases of children is lacking in the US. Kids are not mini-adults & when we insist on treating them as such, we set them and us up for failure and disappointment. Thanks for sharing.

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