Everyone warns you about the “terrible two’s”, but it’s not the two’s you have to worry about. Be forewarned, it’s the three’s that will kick you in the ass and giggle about it. The two’s were a breeze compared to the “trying three’s” and the dreaded threenager! “What is a threenager?”, you ask.
1. Bargaining is becoming more complicated and expensive.
It’s is becoming increasingly difficult to convince your preschooler that the tiara from the Target Dollar Spot is just as good as the $20 Elsa one in the toy aisle.
Your preschooler is beginning to realize that “Lay down just a little longer.” is really for your benefit and not theirs.
2.Public outings have become completely bi-polar.
She wants to be in the cart. She wants to walk. She wants to hold a basket. She pulls all of the apples down. She goes back in the cart. She needs to walk. She pokes all of the plastic on the meat. She is told she is going back in the cart. She lies on the floor and screams, “No!”. She goes back in the cart.
3. The tantrum itself become more teen-like.
“It’s not fair!” “Because I can.” “I want to!” “I like to be bad!”
4. They begin to question bedtime.
“Why do you stay up?” “Do you have treats after I sleep?” “I can’t sleep unless you sleep.”
They learn how to peek out of their door, which now has to be cracked. They run out while you are munching on popcorn or eating ice cream and watching The Walking Dead. It becomes a battle and all you can think is:
and last, but not least…
5. The word “No” becomes a detonation button.
If you tell your preschooler “No” and they completely explode. I mean, knock down, drag out, kick screaming, this child may need and exorcism type of exploding.
If this happens…
If you have experienced one or more of these, then you may indeed, have a threenager.
I know this because I have one!