Blog This Mom! is a toddler now. It has been two years since she was born. Because I have not had a two-year-old in the house for quite a while now (and even when I did denial and/or early dementia has caused me to believe that my children never went through the “terrible twos”), I Googled “terrible twos” so as to know what to expect from my blog in the coming months and how to cope.

According to About.com: Pediatrics, to help cope with this normal developmental stage, I should remember that my blog isn’t trying to be defiant or rebellious on purpose. Also, by learning more about this normal stage in my blog’s development, it can make it easier to get through it.

Here are some tips offered by About.com for helping my blog during the terrible twos:

  • have a regular routine for meals, naps, bedtime, etc. and try to stick to them each day

Blog This Mom! readers will find that some days there will be no posts. March and the days of daily posts are over, dear Readers. If you come by on a no-post day, it simply means that my little blog is napping or out on a play date.

  • offer limited choices only, like ‘would you like apples or oranges for your snack’ and not just ‘what do you want for your snack.’ This helps your toddler feel like he is making some decisions and has power over things, but he isn’t able to choose unacceptable alternatives

For example, PROMPTuesdays encourages Blog This Mom! to spend ten minutes writing and three hours finding the perfect Google image to go with the story in order to escape grocery shopping and cleaning the house focus on her writing skills and exercise her creativity.

  • learn to set limits about things and don’t be surprised when your toddler tries to test those limits to see what he can get away with

Blog This Mom! should not be posting in the wee hours of the night so as to not be cranky toward loved ones maintain healthy sleep habits. Nor should she be out commenting all over the Blogosphere until the wee hours of the morning just because her Google Reader is bursting gigabytes.

  • don’t give in to tantrums

Just because Blog This Mom! got one snarky comment in two years does not mean the whole darn blog should be deleted.

  • provide your toddler with a safe environment that is well childproofed to explore and play in

Blog This Mom! will no longer include the words virgin, spank, slutty, or pimp in posts so as to keep the Googling pervs away. Go away Googling pervs, there is nothing here for you.

So here’s my question, dear Readers, when will my little blog be ready for this?

28 comments on “The Terrible Twos”

  1. Give it another year before you worry about potty training and the “trying threes.”
    With these “terrible twos” guidelines, you’ve managed to achieve a great balance between “real life” and “blog life.”

    Happy Anniversary!

  2. Well it depends.
    Does your blog have a big butt? Butt circumference must be taken into consideration, so you can buy the proper potty training gear. For instance, you might want to actually buy a potty chair and not stick your blog right on the big girl potty straightaway, because your blog may nearly drown in the toilet and not want to get near the thing ever ever again.

    Not that I speak from experience.

    Deb
    sandiegomomma,com

  3. Well . . . YOUR blog may be ready for potty training sometime soon. Mine, however, will doubtlessly remain the kid who rips his diaper off and then pees all over the wall.

  4. Great post! Happy Birthday! I have had only minimal experience with the “terrible twos” but it was times 3. Triplet boys all 2 at the same time- just think of it (shivering in my shoes at the memories).

  5. Happy birthday, little Blog!

    I enjoy visiting you, but I suppose you shouldn’t be coming to my house as I use inappropriate language on occasion. Which is strange because I’m younger than you; maybe I’m from New Jersey. Or related to Quentin Tarantino.

  6. Hee hee. This just makes my day for some reason. Just remember, when you finally do hit the potty training stage I expect proper blog vocabulary to follow:
    Poopoo
    peepee
    Good job!
    Uh oh!
    WHAT??? AGAIN? YOU KNOW NOT TO GO POTTY ON MOMMY’S NICE COUCH. NO STICKER FOR YOU!!! (And this is why I’m not potty training my very big toddler right now.)

  7. Gosh…what great lessons for your little blog…and for us too. I have to admit, that my blog is in need of some time-out…she’s getting a bit too cranky and spaced out to make any sense at all it seems. And the language?!? So glad the “delete” key is funtioning properly!!

    Happy Birthday…we look forward to reading how you grow!!

  8. Happy birthday blog!! Good luck with the potty training!

    And that snarky comment… wow. Toddlers sure do get mouthy early!

  9. Happy birthday to my first Blog inspiring friend.

    I suppose the potty chart could come in handy for potty-talk. A star per naughty word. Not sure what the reward should be when the chart is full … a blog party!?

  10. Happy Birthday, Blog This Mom!

    If the Terrible Twos are anything like the ones we just went through around here–not to worry. The potty chart won’t come up. 😉

    And the snarky comment? “Jealous much?” 😉

  11. I didn’t find two to be a tough age — four was. In fact, four was terrible with both of my girls. So I really hope that two and three are just as easy for you as they were for me. If not, luckily you can always stick a two year old in front of a Dora DVD.

  12. way to go! i say go cold turkey and put the big girl panties on. i’m told girls learn faster than boys. and i know this since my son was 3 1/2. but you’re older (and wiser) than him.

    myra
    wemakethree.come

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