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Do the 'terrible twos' peak as they get nearer 3?

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kwaker5 Sat 29-Aug-09 21:42:28

My DS's terrible twos weren't going too badly until about a month ago. He is now 2.10 and has become really whingey, clingy and tantrummy.

I've shelved toilet training for the moment. Is this just a phase or do things get worse during the 'threes'?!

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 29-Aug-09 21:43:36

DD as a 3 year old has been far worse, hoping it will settle down when she is 4.

Lostmykeys Sat 29-Aug-09 21:46:18

My DS is the same. He is 3 next week and I am hoping that by some miracle he will change overnight!! This week he hit an all time high with meltdowns every day.... perhaps it is something in the air... having said that he has been utterly charming this evening and gone to bed without the usual fuss smile

hocuspontas Sat 29-Aug-09 21:46:47

I don't know about boys but girls are only just starting. They peak around 7 then plateau until about 12 then it's full scale hormones until they leave home grin

kwaker5 Sat 29-Aug-09 21:56:05

Damn! I was thinking I'd got off lightly...

5inthebed Sat 29-Aug-09 21:57:58

I'd say he was well on his way to becoming a "threenager" grin

DS1 never had terrible twos, but was a naughty three year old.

PlumBumMum Sat 29-Aug-09 22:00:07

5inthebed I was just coming to post threenagergrin

cheesesarnie Sat 29-Aug-09 22:01:11

mine all went loopy as threenagers.

Meglet Sat 29-Aug-09 22:01:19

LOL at 'threenager'! My ds is 2.10 and already grunts like kevin the teenager and huffs about like Liam Gallagher hmm.

giraffesCanDanceInTheSunshine Sat 29-Aug-09 22:01:56

Oh yes yes yes give me a 2yr old anyday, its 3yr olds I have always had the troubles with

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sat 29-Aug-09 22:02:50

yes 'threenager' here. I thought i got away lightly when dd was 2 'oh this is not so baaad' i thought. er...it was just waiting tis all! 3yo tantrums are much worse, as they learn to bribe/emotionally blackmail, answer back, use your own words against you grin

PacificDogwood Sat 29-Aug-09 22:05:05

Tantrums here from about 10 months to 4 years shock.
Love the word "threenager"! Anybody remember Harry Enfield's Kevin, the Teenager? Well, that was DS1 aged 4 including door banging, "so unfair" and stomping upstairs in a huff!

Lostmykeys Sat 29-Aug-09 22:05:20

Yup - i have already had 'do you understand!' thrown at me in the most inappropriate places. Horrible when they come out with your own phrases.

giraffesCanDanceInTheSunshine Sat 29-Aug-09 22:06:13

<waves to pacific> met you at art gals remember?

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sat 29-Aug-09 22:07:07

PDW DD does the perfect 'SNOT FAIR HMMMPH' complete with pouty face, folded arms and furrowed brow. Unfortunately it only succeeds in causing DH and I to melt with laughter, so it is then proceeded with "DON"Y LAUGH.AT.ME!" cue more fits of rollling around the floor belling laughing! grin

kwaker5 Sat 29-Aug-09 22:10:49

He did do a sullen sulky looking away from me thing the other day when I was asking him not to do something! I almost started laughing because it was soooo moody teenager I couldn't help wondering who he'd learnt it from.

And he's been doing harumphing too.

There was me thinking what an angel he was compared with other 2 yos and how lucky I was!

giraffesCanDanceInTheSunshine Sat 29-Aug-09 22:11:48

I think they get more human again around 4. But I find 3 harder because they can argue back so much better than when they were 2...

PacificDogwood Sat 29-Aug-09 22:28:50

Hi, giraffes, yes, of course I remember. I am trying to watch the meet-up thread a bit more carefully again.
As you were smile.

plantwoman Sat 29-Aug-09 22:33:33

Glad I saw this thread...after having a particularly trying few days with Ds2 (3 in 2 weeks time).
i remember with DS1 that he was far worse when he hit 3 than he ever was at 2, and am comforting myself with the fact that now he is four, he is on the whole a very pleasant child grin

mathanxiety Sun 30-Aug-09 02:07:12

Things get worse during the 13s. Age 4 on, they lull you into a false sense of security, then BAM....

Spacehoppa Sun 30-Aug-09 17:20:39

Please no! My little one is 2 1/2...worse?

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