What are the Terrible Twos?

Pediatricians and other parents often discussed this term “terrible twos”. What is this all about? Terrible twos is a natural developmental stage in children in which a toddler can typically bounce between the desire for independence and the trust on adults. It is characterized by challenging behaviours like kicking, hitting, biting or ignoring rules. This is the stage that most toddlers will go through to varying degrees.

Although annoying and exhausting, the terrible twos are the usual stage for your child that you need to undergo, and this is the sign that your toddler is now achieving major developmental milestones. This is the stage when they are better at talking, jumping, walking and being understood. But still, they don’t know what is safe and harmful for them, so it is always best to keep an eye on them and build boundaries.


While there’s no specific list of the signs, these common clues can lead you to the truth that your child has reached the terrible twos stage.

  • Getting frustrated when their wants and wishes aren’t fully understood.

This is a common cause for every child’s tantrums when you can’t read their minds. For example, he may want food, only to break down because you gave it to him in a small amount. Once toddlers can easily communicate their needs better, the tantrums will start to retreat.

  • Biting, hitting and kicking.

Toddlers often lash out physically because they may not find the word to express themselves, and because they are still developing impulse control. This sign is quite annoying and needs proper guidance from parents. This kind of behaviour needs to be handled carefully and consistently can stop.

  • Tantrums

Wailing, crying, making some noise and throwing themselves on the floors are the usual terrible twos tantrums, a tangible indication of your child’s developmental phasing.

  • Saying NO

When they learn how to say no at all times, even it doesn’t make sense in the situation, and even when they are not right. Toddlers tend to make use of this word while testing boundaries and learning the power of words. But then, you should guide them, especially when the scenario is between you tolerating them or accepting their name.

  • Territorial Fighting

At this stage, your toddlers are exploring and learning the concept of possession, hence, saying “mine” is their motto. With that, they are becoming more territorial and pick fights with parents and people who take what they think as theirs.

Terrible twos is an exhausting stage for your child yet a fulfilling one when you overcome the process. You can’t skip your child’s development, so take a deep breath. Coming up with strategies and listing ideas on how to deal with it properly is advised.

It might be unpleasant all the time, but here’s a helpful tip: The less upset you get, the quicker the storm will last. Always try to communicate with your child’s frustration and be patient. At the end of the tiring day, remind yourself what pretty much every parent who had a toddler at home: Tantrums are always reasonable.

How Do You Get Nobel Peace Prize?

The Nobel Peace Prize has already been awarded to 129 people since 1901. According to the concept of Alfred Nobel, this is an award given to individuals who were able to do the most or best work for fraternity among nations, for the promotion and holding of peace congresses, as well as the reduction or abolition of standing armies.

The purpose of Nobel Peace Prize is to give encouragement, attention, and the necessary funding to organizations and people who want to bring peace to the planet in order to help them become successful and expand their work. Even though there are hundreds of other peace prizes given all over the world, there is no doubt that the Nobel Peace Prize is one of the most popular, if not the most popular peace prize.

A Nobel Peace Prize winner will receive the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate title, a medal, a personal diploma as well as 10 million Swedish crowns or over $1.4 million USD.

Some of the most famous winners of Nobel Peace Prize include Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mother Teresa.

But, how do you really get a Nobel Peace Prize? Who are the people who choose the winner of this award?

The People Behind the Selection of the Winners of Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee chooses the Nobel Peace Prize winners. The committee is composed of 5 members that the Norwegian parliament has appointed. The members are purported to be strictly independent. Since 1936, for instance, government officials are no longer allowed to sit on the committee to prevent any hints of the Committee being influenced by Norway’s present political climate.

How to be Nominated as a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

You are not allowed to nominate yourself or other people for the Nobel Peace Prize. You are also not allowed to campaign to win the award. The truth is that you will not know about your nomination because the records of nominees are being kept in secret for as long as 50 years.

Based on the official website of Nobel Peace Prize, only a select few people can submit nominees. These include national government members, International Court of Justice at The Hague and Permanent Court of Arbitration members, former winners of Nobel Peace Prize, university professors in specific fields, and others. Both organizations and individuals can be nominated.

Criteria in Choosing Nobel Peace Prize Winners

The main goal of Nobel Peace Prize is to give reward to people who made significant steps in bringing peace to the world in the year prior to the nomination.

The Nobel Peace Prize winners are usually people who didn’t only complete their work towards peace but are also at a crucial moment in their work and who require support winning brings.

To choose the winners, all nominees are considered by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. They then choose a short list composed of 5 to 20 people that they review further. These candidates are the ones considered to get the prize. The permanent advisors of the committee and other experts collect information on the candidates in the list to come up with reports that the committee uses for their deliberations.

The Committee will try to have a unanimous vote through debates and discussions. If there is no unanimous vote before the deadline set at the start of October, the winner of Nobel Peace Prize will be decided depending on the majority vote.

The Genius Called Da Vinci

Everyone knows Leonardo da Vinci. As the perfect epitome of a Renaissance man, Da Vinci was a genius, a polymath, and a pioneer in the fields of hydrodynamics and anatomy. He invented the self-powered vehicle, the parachute, the flying machine, the tank, and the helicopter. He is truly a man ahead of his time for most of his visionary inventions only came to existence centuries after he died.

But, art is one of those areas where Da Vinci truly excelled. Here are some of the most popular works of art that are the result of the creative imagination of this genius of a man:

  1. Mona Lisa (La Gioconda)

Mona Lisa is not just Da Vinci’s most famous painting as it is also safe to say that this is the world’s most popular painting. While there are a lot of alternate theories that popped up through the years, many believed that a middle-class woman from Florence, Lisa Gherardini, was the subject of this highly acclaimed and world-renowned painting.

The enigmatic but faint smile is the most striking feature of Mona Lisa. Others see it as a sad smile while some people consider the expression as somewhat sly, as if the woman is hiding a secret or something. This is why Mona Lisa is regarded as the first ever modern portrait that channeled the sitter’s psychology in one way or another. Centuries have passed but everyone is still curious what she was smiling about.

  1. The Last Supper (Il Cenacolo)

The mural The Last Supper is located in the church of Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan, Italy. This is a depiction of the scene from Gospel of John as Jesus spent his last supper with the disciples. Specifically, it was right at the moment after Jesus told the disciples that one of them is going to betray him.  The work of art is a very astute portrayal of the feelings of the disciples after they heard the news that range from dismay to anxiety.

Historically speaking, the painting is considered to be the first painting that depicted characters from the Bible that display human emotion and act like actual human beings. But, in terms of art, the painting is a true masterpiece because of the use of perspective. It seems like almost all elements in The Last Supper guides the viewer’s eyes to Jesus, the figure in the middle of the picture.

  1. The Vitruvian Man

Vitruvian Man is a depiction of a man that is in two positions laid on top of the other. The legs of the man are together in one position, with outstretched arms showing a square’s volume. The legs of the man stand apart in the second position with extended arms demonstrating a circle’s circumference. The delicate drawing and shading of the elements like the hair give this drawing a 3-dimensional graphic feel. It is the human body’s mathematical study that highlight the nature of balance that symmetry and proportion lend us. It is an understanding informing all the prolific output of Da Vinci in architecture, art and beyond.