He may insist on doing exactly what you've told him not to do or throw himself down on the floor in a fit of temper if he doesn't get his way. His demands may alternately frustrate and amuse you. At times, for example, he'll likely ask for something that he doesn't even want, just to see if he has enough power to get it.
Excerpt from babycenter.com in reference to the 'terrible twos.'
I have a baby for rent. The lease agreement shall be one year, no more. You will have access to him before bedtime in the afternoon and in the evening. You shall also be able to feed him food that he will throw on the ground and offer him toys that he will hurl at your face, or another child's face; he doesn't discriminate. He is moody, but very cute. He has just recently began to reject naptime. Interested parties can come by and check him out. Weekend evenings for 4-5 hours would be a good time to see if it would be a good fit. The rent will be $50,000 a month. (see: alternately frustrate AND amuse)
This kid of mine.
I never liked the phrase 'terrible twos' before. It just struck me as so callous and cavalier towards the child, the child who was trying to figure out his place in the world, assert his skills and produce something worthwhile, practice the tasks of living out that in which he was becoming so adept.
I am okay with it now. I appreciate the brevity, the get-right-down-to-it-edness of it. It wastes no time. And I presently seem to have no time.
For instance, I would LIKE to write a lovely, poignant, relevant blog about something deep and obscure within all of humanity. I would like to paint a gorgeous picture and then gently point to some little part, leading the reader to some perspective of mine but not just blurting out my point of view. Oh, I would LIKE...
But my 23 month old is lamenting in his crib, as he has been for the past, oh....LITTLE WHILE? (don't call CPS on me)....and it is BEYOND time for me to go in there and get him. Today he has opted for no sleep in the day. We call that trick....drumroll....No Nap Enniss.
I would LIKE to explain exactly what kind of developmental rite of passage that symbolizes and give you some charming life lesson about it, but I have no time and so brevity is king.
He is 23 months old and he is in the terrible twos.
So we all are in the terrible twos!! Yay for friends in the life raft!