When you have kids they always say that two is the worst age. They never prepare you for the age of three. In case you haven’t guessed, this is part deaux of our surviving the toddler years series..dun dun dun-the Threenager. So here is a nice little list of things that will hopefully prepare you for this glorious age of three, from one mom to another, I hope this serves as a heads up to others-since I never had one. (FYI-my two oldest NEVER had the threenager problem).
- They have absolutely no filter-If you think for one second your kid isn’t going to say, most likely what you are thinking. For example have you ever put on a pair of unflattering pants and just decided-what the hell anyway? Well no worries, your threenager will make sure that everyone knows you look a hot mess in those pants. So your best bet is get pants with some tummy control panels-and enough Spanx to have you singing higher than Mariah Carey in “Emotions”.
- Bedtime is drama-Now this can be a hit or miss, but I can guarantee that not every night will be rainbows, lollipops, and sunshine. As of now with my wonderful three year old only six of seven days are bed time nightmares. Why only six you ask? Because one night a week we send her with her grandparents. You can have the best routine in the world (which I do, if I don’t say so myself), but one day it just went out the window, because she decided to assert herself more.(Great job Norma Rae, except how about using it for something that actually matters?)
- If you plan on being on time somewhere don’t count on it-Contrary to popular belief, you can be slow and extremely impatient at the same time. Don’t believe, tell a kid you are leaving to go to the zoo. They will take forever to get their shoes on, but as soon as you get in the car “ugh are we there yet?”
- So you want to go out to eat for dinner?- LMAO…that’s all for this one.
- Bye Bye Naptime-oh so you thought you would get that two hour break during the day? Haha…that’s a good one. True not all threenagers give up their naps, but more often than not,this is the age where they begin to say goodbye to them. And if your like me, this was the time where you either cleaned, watched some television or took a horizontal life pause (or adult nap).
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.