I kind of expected that the terrible 2's would last into year 3 and 4. I have girls. It takes a while for them to outgrow that terrible stage. My 10 year old and 7 year old (while they do still have terrible moments) basically were finished with the terrible 2's by the time they turned 5. Well... we are well into our 5's with the last one and there is no end in sight!
There is terrible on a daily basis. Don't get me wrong... I love my 3rd daughter. I just really, really HATE having to still deal with mall tantrums, baby talk, hitting, spitting, fighting and general "terrible 2's" type of behavior. We've been through kindergarten once... and yes, every day I thank God that we made the right choice of repeating. She'll be 6 in a few months and I don't think I can bare the thought of her todder behavior following us into the 6's.
It's hard to say but I am embarassed and humiliated by her so often that I dread taking her out in public. I know, my husband will be totally pissed off that I even had these thoughts much less put them down in print. But honey... we can't possibly be the only parents on the earth with a 5 year old daughter who acts like she's 2.
No... she won't eventually outgrow it. My best hope is that she at least tries to tame it. One day she'll make a great lawyer... she lies and tells stories with the best of them. Maybe she'll be a politician... she seems to like living in a fantasy world. I kind of think she'd make an amazing actress. She likes to be the center of attention... and she likes sparkly things!
My little girl... so much trouble... I'm hanging by a thread for that one day I can finally say, it was all worth it.