10 Not-So-Terrible Things About Parenting a 2-Year-Old

10 Not-So-Terrible Things About Parenting a 2-Year-Old

Believe it or not, there are amazing things about age 2. Really, truly great things!


By: Lorraine Allen

The terrible 2s can make a strong adult shake with frustration, drive a calm parent to the brink of insanity, and even make a rational adult cry. There are many, uncontrolled emotions within our precious offspring at this age, and those can morph the sweetest kids into the most unrecognizable, irrational monsters for reasons no one can foresee or avoid.

But thankfully, there are some happy, even enjoyable, NOT-so-terrible things about this stage of child development, too. My daughter was a late bloomer in some ways, so she did not hit the “terrible” part until she turned 3. At 2, she was a super independent, sweet, happy kid who was big enough to do things on her own like sing songs, dance, “read” books, and make art -- it was great. I miss age 2!

So take heart, frustrated moms, and enjoy these little blessings that can even outshine some of the terror of this age:

1. “Two-year-olds don’t understand the concept of time at all, so you can tell them it’s nap time or snuggle time when you want to, and they’ll believe you!” -- Sue, New York

2. “I love that my 2-year-old is so set on certain things. Heaven help me if I don't walk him to the fire station every morning. But the good thing is, I know what we’re doing each day and it’s fun and easy. Just walk there, say ‘hi,’ wave, look at a fire truck, and day is made!” -- Kirsten, California

3. “This is the age when they can finally run well, so they can burn off some of that crazy energy. For both my boys, this was when they started napping better and sleeping through the night, which was pure bliss.” -- Rachel, New Jersey

4. “I found that being a stay at home mom got significantly better with age 2, when my kids did not rely on me as their playmate constantly. They started to form peer relationships, and 2-year-olds’ friendships are amazing! -- Nicole, Connecticut

5. “Two-year-olds have a great sense of style. Let them try to dress themselves, and they will come up with the best outfits ever!” -- Sarah, New York

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6. “Our favorite thing was to have dance parties. They can really start to shake it at age 2. It’s soooo cute! Madonna anyone?!” -- Eliza, Colorado

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7. “Best thing about this age is that they can feed themselves! So awesome, when you have twins especially. Every meal I was like ‘Woooo hooo!!!!’” -- Jackie, Texas

8. “Three words: no more diapers! Yeah!” -- Tara, Illinois

9. “They can start to play real games like hide and seek and soccer and do puzzles.” -- Vivienne, New York

10. “They can communicate. At long last! Nothing’s greater than having long conversations with your little ones.” -- Amanda, New York

What was your favorite thing about your kids at age 2?


Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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