The Terrible Twos is a term everyone probably knows. It's the proclivity for two-year-olds to burst into a tantrum when they are upset, usually because they can't express what they want or how they feel - it makes them so frustrated it takes over their whole body. It's not pretty.
I'm no child psychologist, but I can tell from experience that this doesn't end the day they turn three. I also know it affects the most verbal of small people too.
My little guy is three and a half. He's a very good talker. One day, he told me I have "a good sense of humor." When I asked him what that meant, he wasn't sure. When my husband left last week for his third week-long business trip in five weeks, my little guy wasn't sure if his dad was going to come back. So there was a lot of crying and emotion all week.
You would think his dad's return would help, that my son's behavior would be all better, that he would be happy and calm again. But his three-year-old mind is worried his dad might leave again if he lets him out of his sight, so he stuck on him like glue for the weekend and wasn't even a little bit happy.
Actually, he was happy for the first hour after his dad returned. He put a toy car in his dad's hand and explained to him in great detail how to play. The cars were army cars, and he was supposed to make his car follow behind my son's car. They had to stick together.
Today, his dad has to go to the office. I think it's going to be a rough day.
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This post is part of the 2012 A to Z Challenge.