The terrible twos don’t exist.
Apparently parents create it. A generation of entitled self-indulgent parents who take their children to areas well beyond them and just expect them to fit in.
If we didn’t leave our homes and expose our toddlers to vast brightly lit shopping centres or noisy pubs or restaurants we wouldn’t experience the “terrible twos”.
If we just allowed them to be children and not expect them to fit into our lives, we wouldn’t have to deal with tantrums and meltdowns.
It’s not the child, it’s the way they are being raised.
“We expect to take our children to an awful lot of places and get them to fit in with adult arenas which we wouldn’t have thought appropriate years ago,” she said.
Yes, that’s right, that kicking, screaming, foot-stamping toddler who just threw a fist full of peas at the wall. That’s your fault.
That red-faced, bawling semi she-devil howling “Mine-Mine-Mine-Mine-Mine-Mine-Mine” at the Kinder Eggs display in the supermarket. That’s your fault.
According to the author of The Significance Delusion toddlers in countries like the UK, the US and Australia are routinely taken to places where they are unlikely to behave well, such as the pub or cinema.
Your two-year-old refusing to put on her shoes, or let you change her nappy.
ALL. YOUR. FAULT.
She says that parents are "inconsistent” and often did not behave to the standard they expected of their children.
She says we are “indulgent of childhood, holding no expectations that a young child should exercise self-control”.
She’s got a lot to say about how the terrible twos don’t exist.
Well I’d like to politely point out to Gillian Bridge that, with all due respect she is wrong.
And here is my proof:
Shauna's children at the age of two. Jasper, Odie and Emme. Image supplied.
That’s my three kids at the age of two. And while you might see three delightfully gorgeous cherubs. What I see is evidence.