the terrible twos

Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

the terrible twos

A developmental stage of children, generally at or around the age of two, marked by increased rebelliousness and frequent tantrums. Becca's been having really bad temper tantrums lately and just keeps saying "no" to everything we say to her. I guess she's going into the terrible twos.
See also: terrible, two
References in periodicals archive ?
The problem with the Terrible Twos is that once you get to $2 million in revenues, owners have to reinvest a higher percentage of their profits than ever before.
The phase when children are 2 years old, of course, is commonly nicknamed the terrible twos.
35pm NATURE It's not just humans who hit the terrible twos.
THE terrible twos can be a tough time for families - but it doesn't have to be battleground, says Dr Rebecca Chicot.
From the terrible twos through the tweens and beyond, age-appropriate behaviors and needs are highlighted, equipping parents with the proper tools to determine when and what variety of extra guidance is recommended.
anyone who's had children go through the terrible twos will know only too well that anything can make a toddler go "harrumph".
In a previous column, I wrote (with some confidence, due to my experience with our now 3 1/2-year-old son) that the entire concept of The Terrible Twos was a farce.
This stage of development is often known as the terrible twos, however if it is allowed to go on it will continue into adult life.
Not ready to go home, Amadeus proved he was still passing through the terrible twos stage, when he threw a strop as his mother, Lilly, carried him out of the pool to dry him off.
The Terrible Twos will be a doddle - at least one of them is an expert at dealing with hysterical tantrums.
The first year with a baby is very nice but then you have the terrible twos.
A brief overview of Reed and an introduction to the text are followed by analyses of The Free-Lance Pallbearers (1967), Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down (1969), Mumbo Jumbo (1972), The Last Days of Louisiana Red (1974), Flight to Canada (1976), The Terrible Twos (1982), The Terrible Threes (1989), Reckless Eyeballing (1986), and Japanese by Spring (1993).
The Happiest Toddler on the Block'' has given our family real ways to cope with the terrible twos (and threes).
Now the sisters, who are full time mums, will be swopping notes on teething troubles, nappy rash and the terrible twos when they return home to Joshua's dad Alan and Alex's dad Keith
Domestically, babes in arms usually fly free, but when they hit the terrible twos, they have to have a regular seat, usually at a regular fare.