Effectively parenting the terrible 2s

“Yeah? Fine, try out these things that I told you, and it should be fine! Hmm?… Of course, it would take some time, but gradually it will all be good! Yeah, okay… let me know if you get stuck somewhere; I will try to help you out! Okay, bye!”

Phew, today was a tiring day for me! Standing on a leg, multitasking is not so superb as it seems. On top of it all, half an hour ago, I got a call from one of my friends, and without much delay, she jumped straight to the point: Parenting tips for two year olds.

Being a single dad, he finds it challenging to manage the toddler but tries his best to do everything for the child. While he mentioned his difficulties, I remembered those days when Miko, my daughter, was a toddler herself. It was, of course, difficult to manage her but at the same time, I missed those moments because transitioning from childhood to adulthood is an irreversible process… once gone, it never comes back! 

 So, to help him forge a better and loving relationship with his child, he requested some tips. And also, since you are here reading this, it is apparent that you, too, were searching for the same topic! Don’t worry; since we are here, let us first discuss what kind of growth a two year old goes through.

By the age of two, kids undergo several developments, which can be classified into

  • Physical Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  •  Cognitive Development

Now, let us discuss these in detail!

  1. Physical Development: by this age, kids develop a considerable amount of physical skills. They start:
  •  Walking, running, climbing and jumping,
  • They can carry around small items like toys,
  •   Can do small chores on their own like brushing their teeth, having their meals on their own from the plate (It would be messy, of course!)
  •  Their appearance also starts changing. They start losing their baby fat, grow taller by inches, and bones get stronger as time passes.


  1. Social and Emotional: for a two year old, feeling and understanding all the emotions but unable to express them through words due to lack of many vocabularies can be very frustrating. Social and emotional development always holds an important place in terms of child development. During this time:
  • They start talking and understand your language,
  • Throw tantrums when things don’t go their way and will never take no for an answer (one of the prime reasons why they throw tantrums!).
  • They try to gain more independence by trying to do things on their own,
  • And, of course, become copycats, trying to copy adults whenever they find it interesting or amusing.



  1. Cognitive Development: intense research has been done on cognitive development, which deals with development in terms of their thinking capabilities and information processing. During this time:
  • The toddler starts recognizing their surroundings and belongings,
  •   Follow basic things that are taught to them,
  •   Can remember people or animals with their names,
  •  Play on their own, like, pretend games, building blocks, etc.