They say that the twos are terrible and I’ve heard the fours be described as the “f***ing” fours (Lord, help me!). What are the threes? Trying. They really are the Trying Threes. I didn’t coin the term “threenager”, though I cannot exactly remember where I heard the term first – but I made up the definition as posted above, relating to my own experiences. Let me tell you a little bit more about my personal experiences with my threenager.
- You may find your sweet three year old suddenly start acting like a hormonal teenage girl going through puberty
- Expect to see mood swings of hurricane-like proportions
- One minute of polite, sweet behavior using manners and all…and then without moment’s notice whining, whining, and did I mention WHINING?!
- New catch phrases, such as “I don’t want to”, “I don’t like that”, “I don’t ______ [insert word here]” and excessive use of the word “No!”
- Sudden outbursts or tantrums for no explained reason (luckily we are yet to experience this in public!)
- You also may find yourself saying “Because I said so” as an answer to all of their questions and statements
Braden truly didn’t go through the Terrible Two phase. I consider ourselves lucky for that, but this threenager business? It’s for the birds!
Do you have a threenager at home too? What have you noticed the most challenging part of this age?