But you do need to stop the excuses. It is very, very easy for "he's only 1" to turn into "he's still a kid". An excuse of "he's still learning what he can and can't do" as you haul him to his time out spot is fine. And yes, you need a time out spot. The "terrible two's" don't start when he's two. They start some time in the second year - the year he is in NOW. (Think of it this way - is this his 1st Christmas? No. He saw his first Christmas when he was 0 years old. He sees his 2nd Christmas when he is 1. This is his second year.)
I've seen lots of questions from moms wondering why their sweet, loving baby suddenly turned into a raging, screaming monster overnight. Wondering what horrible illness the child could have. Wondering how to get that sweet baby back. Everyone of us that replies that the baby is gone for good - the toddler has arrived, bringing his taste of the teen years with him.
at 12:17 PM on Nov. 21, 2008