Congratulations, you made it through the terrible two’s. Not so fast, haven’t you heard three is the new two? Say goodbye to the terrible two’s and say hello to the thoroughly horrendous three’s. Your child is now smart enough to develop their devious side and impulsive enough to act on it. The difference between two and three is that your child won’t break the rules because they don’t understand them; they’ll break the rules because they want to. Hence the laughter that typically follows one of their devious stunts. Your child will be at their cutest, with their adorable little bodies and squeaky little voices, which is probably the only thing that’s saving their ass at this point. Please refer to Exhibit A. I told you three is the peak of cuteness!
Three-year-olds are bigger and stronger than their two-year-old counterparts, able to kick harder and scream louder. Their moods can be volatile and may change on a dime going from cuddling on the couch to a nuclear meltdown within moments. Part of you will want to give in to your three-year-old’s every whim just to keep them happy, but you will be creating bigger problems for the future. Are you noticing a theme here? Anything you choose to put off in parenting will have to be dealt with at a later date. It’s a lot easier to tell your three-year-old no than your sixteen-year-old. Warning: Bigger kids, bigger problems. Better to get your kids in check when they are still little and you’re arguing over dessert and not drugs!