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Too terrible for words?

Smarter Toddler Nursery and Preschool on the Upper West Side has announced a ban of the expression "Terrible Twos," claiming that the phrase encourages and excuses bad toddler behavior. According to the school's representatives, kids who get stamped with the label often simply require more stimulating activities. Beyond its faculty and staff, Smarter Toddler hopes that parents everywhere will weed the term out of their vocabulary. Its representatives didn't cite expert sources in its press release, but noted that negative statements have proven to do little more than encourage further negative behavior.

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