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Feeling like a failure.. Kai♥ 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Neverr, CA, United States 3475 posts
8th Aug '14

My daughter just turned 2 in July but she's been in the "terrible twos" stage since she was about 19m.
She constantly does things after I tell her not to, then laughs when I try to discipline her. I don't like to spank so I only do that if she does something that puts her in danger after I've already told her not to do it and I try to stay calm but its really hard when she continuously doesn't listen.
I just don't get what I'm doing wrong and it makes me feel like I'm failing as a parent because as much as I try to stay calm, it seems like I'm constantly yellingVery Sad
How do you discipline your 2yr old? I need some advice please I'm feeling so stressed out.

October2011 2 kids; Pennsylvania 7912 posts
8th Aug '14

I started out with putting him in the corner and counted to 20, it worked sometimes and he learned to count to 20 real quick lol. I also noticed he'd misbehave more after we'd been stick home awhile. A day out would help my little guy

Bita Cabrera 1 child; United States 442 posts
8th Aug '14

Well I have no kids but I used to babysit a 3 year-old and when she wouldn't listen I'd put her in time out and she hated it so it helped her to behave

Legendary Due November 16 (girl); 2 kids; Beverly Hills, California 72329 posts
status 8th Aug '14

We can give you a bunch of tips and tricks but honestly it really is just a phase that all kids go through, nothing to do with you!

I tried everything but eventually she just grew out of it.

SuckerPinch 2 kids; the desert, CA, United States 4321 posts
8th Aug '14

Its a struggle, at this age nothing really works. You just have to stay consistent with what your doing and make sure she knows what she did was wrong. My son is almost 3 and we're still workin on it lol. It'll get better. Just try to keep your patience and do things that will help you relax or step back for a moment(to gather your head). At this age its hard for them to understand certain things.

. , Richmond, VA, United States 75114 posts
8th Aug '14

Around that age I found the methods on ahaparenting.com and the fb page Positive Parenting: Toddlers and beyond. They were both extremely helpful.

Blythe. 1 child; Indiana 22942 posts
8th Aug '14

Quoting Legendary:
We can give you a bunch of tips and tricks but honestly it really is just a phase that all kids go through, nothing to do with you!

I tried everything but eventually she just grew out of it.



Exclamation This.  And the older they get the more mouthy they are.  I can't believe some of the shit that comes out of my 5 year old's  mouth

Kai♥ 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Neverr, CA, United States 3475 posts
8th Aug '14

Thanks everyone, I hope its just a phase.
I will try time outs again but the last time I tried that she just kept getting back up no matter how many times I put her back so it was pointless but maybe now that she is alittle older it will work better.

Legendary Due November 16 (girl); 2 kids; Beverly Hills, California 72329 posts
status 8th Aug '14

Quoting Abii&Boo[+2]♥:
Thanks everyone, I hope its just a phase.
I will try time outs again but the last time I tried that she just kept getting back up no matter how many times I put her back so it was pointless but maybe now that she is alittle older it will work better.


It's just one of those things most people deal with at some point. It's just a shitty part of parenting unfortunately. Nobody will judge you though, I bet if you have public tantrums you'll find sympathetic glances from other moms. We've ALL been there. One day it'll just simmer down and you'll forget about it. 

Legendary Due November 16 (girl); 2 kids; Beverly Hills, California 72329 posts
status 8th Aug '14

Quoting Blythe.:


Exclamation This.  And the older they get the more mouthy they are.  I can't believe some of the shit that comes out of my 5 year old's  mouth


Gah, I also have a 5 year old and I've found that the flip outs are very rare but the attitude OMG she'll look at me with this snarky look and let out a sarcastic comment sometimes that I'd trade for 100 screaming fits. 

Belle. 2 kids; Alberta 6601 posts
8th Aug '14

I feel your pain. My toddler can barely talk yet still manages to talk back to me? I'll ask him to come inside or if he's ready for his bath and he scream "NO" in my face.