If you came here hoping to really learn some magical trick to help you survive the Terrible Twos then you are sorely mistaken because you won’t find that here, not really anyway. Here are the new fun tricks I’m putting forth into my life while I deal with my son now that he has turned into a Terrible Two Monster. (Yes, yes, I love my son, but seriously sometimes he is a monster.)
Pretend your child doesn’t exist.
This may sound a little extreme, but when a Terrible Two tantrum hits sometimes you have to just keep going on with life like nothing has changed.
Now, my son has a slow-motion tantrum that he thinks will get him what he wants, but it never works and makes me want to laugh. He will slowly lay down on the floor and then start screaming. It is very much an act that often leads to him rolling around on the floor as well as screaming. He has only done it once in public and quickly stopped when I continued to walk in the store. I’m thankful he is clingy because walking away really worked for us.
Invest in soundproof headphones.
Ok, so I don’t really use soundproof headphones, but some days I wish I did. My son yells and screams while refusing to sleep and it makes me wish I could drone out the noise. An overly tired boy just doesn’t know when to quit and it just rubs my tired nerves the wrong way sometimes.
Wine it up.
This will make me sound like a drunk, which I’m not, but a nice glass of wine or a cold beer helps end a long day of Terrible Two antics. I find it calms the frazzled nerves and keeps me a little more level headed when my son decides he is too good for sleep.
Note: This post is meant to be funny. Please don’t get offended because sometimes we all need a little humor in our lives. (I know I do!)