All of a sudden, they are mobile creatures; 2-year-olds have the whole world to explore. And they want to do it now.
All this time they weren't able to, but now they can walk, talk and feed themselves," says Donna Legro, a lecturer at the University of Houston. "They push the parent away because they want to do it themselves."
Frequently termed "the terrible twos," this age is punctuated by temper tantrums and aggression, and marked by repetition -- the same story every night, the same path up and down the stairs, the same food, the same thing to wear every day.
Same old, same old? You mean the importance of being noticed? Been there, done that.