People have been telling me this for the past 10 months or so, since DS started being very naughty, so I've been hoping they're right, but he's less than two months off this magic age now and his behaviour has just been getting worse.
He's generally well behaved with other people - "an angel" for the childminder and fine at pre-school (he tells me he's done things and been told off for them, but they've never raised anything with me so he can't be that bad) but at home, and particularly with me, he can be a nightmare.
We've tried everything suggested to us and very little seems to help. I know it's what toddlers are like, but he seems much worse than other people's toddlers, from what I can tell. I try not to do anything with him out of the house on my own, except take him to a toddler group, as I can't guarantee he will be ok (not start throwing things around in a shop/run into the road/start asking to be carried and then just stand and scream when I refuse or explain that I can't carry him - he really is the loudest screamer ever). He's out four mornings a week and still has an afternoon nap, so it doesn't really limit things for him, just for me!
We now have a young baby and he's realised that I can't always deal with him straight away to stop his naughtiness, which makes it worse.
I'm not looking forward to the summer holidays when he'll be at home three full days a week and I'm feeling really bad about this and the fact that I'm looking forward to him going to pre-school for (hopefully) 3 full days plus one full day at the childminder's from September.