Three-year-olds: almost as bad a full-blown pubescent teenager. But sort of cute and cuddly still.
We’ve all heard of the terrible twos and all the drama of the new-found independence of toddlers. But for some families the threes can be even more challenging than the previous year. With our first daughter, the age of three was a dream, but with our second we’ve discovered a new phase we’re not pleased about… the threenager.
The threenager is that age when your three-year-old continually acts like they are going on 13. They have an attitude for miles, a stubborn streak, and want what they want… when they want. Hell hath no fury like a threenager who refuses to nap.
Are you living with a threenager? Here are some tell-tale signs.
1. You live in constant fear of how to cut the shape of their sandwich or toast. Do they want triangles today, rectangles, squares? And when they do tell you, they change their mind right after you cut it.
2. They say things like (with hands firmly placed on hips), “I don’t want to clean up, I want to do what I want to do!”
3. You go through three or more wardrobe changes a day. Please just pick a princess already!
4. Your child goes boneless the second you remind them that a transition is coming, especially when they are asked to stop playing. By the way, when was this ability given to children? You know, lay limp and double your body weight so mum can’t move you. It’s a talent reminiscent of a possum playing dead…