Anyone with a child has some stories about the “terrible twos.” The age of two isn’t all bad — it’s filled with exploration, curiosity, and wonder. The terrible part comes in the form of screaming, the constant use of the word “no,” and those ever-so-fun meltdowns in the middle of the commissary.
Even worse is the fact that “terrible two” is a bit of a misnomer. The stage isn’t limited to the age of two. Defiant behaviors and temper tantrums will often emerge around 18 months and continues through the age of three. What other parents may not tell you is how normal and developmentally appropriate this behavior is. A child’s capacity for self-regulation and self-control does not really begin to emerge until age four or five. While there is no “one size fits all” approach to parenting, there are things you can do to help your child learn how to cope with their feelings.
Services are available if you are feeling overwhelmed as a parent and are looking for additional support. The New Parent Support Program is available to parents of children ages 0 to five. It is a home visitation program that provides support and education on effective parenting skills and child development. Contact your local Family Advocacy Program for more information on the New Parent Support Program and other parenting resources.
Marine Corps Families are an integral part of our Corps. Our spouses and children play a vital role in mission success by serving alongside their Marine. We salute the resiliency, independence, and support, members of the Marine Corps community provide.
Strong communities strengthen families. Everyone in the Marine Corps community plays a role in fostering strong families and keeping kids safe.