DD#1- 3-3.5 was 1000 times worse than 2.
DD#2- DD#2- 1.5-2.5 were rough, but then she was a peach.
DS- 2 was really awful, 3 was still tough because he still wasn't sleeping through the night and wouldn't speak in public and cried at the drop of a hat, but was better behaviorally in general. Now at 3.5, he is a dream. Seriously, an easy, happy kid.
If I had stopped at one kid I would have sworn it was gospel that the threes are the worst, but my 3 all had the stage at a different time.
In some ways, 2 was the hardest for me with ds. He went through a wicked hitting friends phase after his sister was born that pretty much made me stop going out on play dates. That ended around the time he was getting closer to 3, so 3 and 4 have been much easier in that sense.
As far as sassing, not listening and fighting with his sister, 3 was tougher than 2 for sure. He was getting more willful and telling me how horrible of a job I was doing parenting...lol.
4 has been a lot better in some ways, but I'm going through the 2s and 3s again with dd, so there's no rest for the weary.
Emilia0101:I think 1.5-2.5 was really hard because although she knew exactly what she wanted she couldn't communicate quickly and it escalated. A lot of power struggles during the "2's" as well. Potty training, moving to toddler bed, etc. She is still a drama queen at times, but now like others have said 3 is much more rational based and less impulse freak out. Good luck!
With DS, 3 was worse than 2, and 4 has been worse than 3!!!! Luckily, he's one of those kids who is much better behaved at school than at home. He's shy outside of the house, so once he's in school, there is not a peep out of him. After he's done with school, I guess everything pours out!
DD is almost 3, but the past few months have been much better than last year (1-2 years). There were times when i was afraid to take her out in public.
I wonder if a lot of it has to do with their ability to speak and communicate. DS was a late talker and didn't really start talking until almost 3. Compared with his classmates, he is still a little bit behind in his sentence formations. DD spoke earlier and is almost on par with her brother despite being almost 2 years younger.
3 has definitely been harder for DD. Actually, it all started around 2.5. I am starting to see some glimmers of hope as she gets closer to 4, but am afraid to get my hopes up. Of course, her brother was born when she was 2.5, so that plays into her dynamic as well.
At 2, she had impulse control issues but generally responded pretty well to boundaries and redirection. As she got older, there was a lot more willful misbehavior, snotty backtalk, endless power struggles, and general drama. It is exhausting.
DS1 didn't really go through the Terrible 2s and then 3 was horrible.
DS2 most definately went through the Terrible 2s and is worse at 3. I blame DH they have similar personalities.
3 has been far harder for us than 2. I was all smug like,"wow my kid is awesome!!!" Then 3 happened.
Not to say my kid isn't awesome, but 3 can definitely suck it.
sschwege:I hear this from almost everyone I know including my mother. nbsp;Three is worse than two. nbsp;Anybody find this not to be the case? nbsp;Anybody feel that 2 was the hardest? nbsp;