Yes, believe it or not, there is one. Parenting a three-year-old is hard work. There’s a reason for the term threenager, because they are only 3 years old, but are moody and stroppy, just like a teenager! I got some lovely comments on my recent post: My Surprise Threenager. I have to say, most were other parents commiserating with me, sharing their experiences, and best wishes for the future.
That’s parenting sharing …
Then I got a comment from the lovely Nicole over at Tales from Mamaville. If you aren’t following her blog already you really need to have a look.
She sent me two links to posts she had written about her son as a threenager. If you go check out her page you will see she has actually covered her experiences in a number of posts, all are relatable if you’re a mama in the trenches. One really stood out though, 5 Reasons I Love the Terrible Threes. I won’t rewrite it, but go check it out.
Parenting a Threenager – It’s Not All Doom and Gloom
As she says, it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, there are some really entertaining moments in time that are often fleeting and hard to remember because the other 95% of your day is a roller-coaster ride of frustration and emotion (and that’s just you, never mind them). But they do happen. Yesterday, while I was lying on the sofa, hungover, trying not to die, my three-year-old turns to me, completely unprompted and says:
Threenager: Mommy, to be married you must have a boy and a girl, right?
Me: Yeees … (waiting for more – really worried where this is going)
Threenager: Or a girl and a girl, or a boy and a boy. That’s okay too right, as long as they love each other?
Me: Yes, of course it is.
*End of conversation.*
So just when you think you’re failing at this parenting malarkey, you realise they might actually turn out to be decent human beings after all.
I’m a huge fan of ecard humour, so here are a few of my favourites. Share if you can relate.
Threenagers are irrational and sassy little tyrants that come at you like a whirlwind. Their mood swings, the fight for independence and the continual striving to get what they want is exhausting. But it’s also so cute, so funny, and makes your heart burst with pride watching them.
And if you are lucky enough to be the parent of a three-year-old, share this post with your friends and family to ensure they enjoy the lighter side of parenting a three … nager
I recently updated this post and reading back what I wrote then, now that my girls are 7 and 9 years old, it’s funny how so many memories of those days made me wish for them again. The next phase of their maturity that comes close to the threenager phase has to be the 7 and 8 year old phase. If you’d like to find out more about that, please do. Otherwise, just enjoy the small moments in between the chaos.