What’s it like to deal with twin daughters who are going through the “terrible twos”? Just ask Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell, who don’t seem to be enjoying their double trouble. At all.
Sure, twins are double the fun, but they’re also double the aggravation, at least according to Jerry O’Connell, who’s not shy about wanting to avoid his “crazy” twin girls’ “terrible twos.” The 36-year-old and his wife, Rebecca Romijn, seem to be dealing with a campaign of terror being waged by their 19-month-old twins, Charlie and Dolly. “It never gets easier,” he tells Extra of his daughters. “It gets worse and worse and worse and worse.” Oh dear!
We thought maybe he was exaggerating, but then Rebecca, 37, echoed his sentiments. “We took the girls on their first merry-go-round ride.” she tells USmagazine.com. “One of them was really into it and the other wasn’t having it.”
If it’s not one of them throwing a fit, then it’s the two of them getting into it with each other. “We went for a surrey ride with the fringe on top — it’s like a bicycle with the baby seats in the front,” Rebecca says. “They were instructed to wear helmets but they kept trying to take them off. Then they discovered it was more fun to bash each other in the heads with their helmets!”
We can only imagine what it’s like trying to manage this trouble-making twosome 24/7, but according to Beverly Hills pediatrician Dr. Peter Weldstein, it’s perfectly normal behavior. “I would be worried if it wasn’t happening,” he says.
“It’s a developmental stage, like adolescence,” he explains. “This is around the age that they are becoming becoming more cognitive, more aware of things, and they are looking to be more independent. That’s why they don’t like being told ‘no’ and have meltdowns.”
So what’s the doctor’s advice for Rebecca and Jerry, and all those other parents going through their kids’ terrible twos? “Be consistent,” Dr. Waldstein advices. “Be firm, pick your battles, and still be the boss.”
Good luck, guys! Sounds like you’re gonna need it!