One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A period in a child's social development (typically around the age of two years) which is associated with very defiant or unruly behaviour.
- ‘She never went through the "terrible twos."’
- ‘Like toddlers going through the terrible twos their only response to anything with which they disagree is childish destruction.’
- ‘All parents who have had young children have gone through what is euphemistically known as the "terrible twos".’
- ‘Parents ' most challenging times may occur during their child's "terrible twos."’
- ‘Additionally, the "terrible twos" present an opportunity for parents to establish their discipline approach.’
- ‘Thank God you are finally out of those terrible twos.’
- ‘Initially, the couple put his behaviour down to the "terrible twos" syndrome.’
- ‘Toddlers get much bad press, with talk of tantrums, whining and the terrible twos.’
- ‘This year's programmes explore the world of the " terrible twos ".’
- ‘I am hopeful that she has just hit the doggy equivalent of the " terrible twos "!’
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