Terrible Three’s Takes Over

The terrible three’s are upon us.? I don’t care what they say, the supposed terrible 2’s are nothing compared to the strengthening will and independence of a three year old.

I don’t know if it will quite reach the level we went through with Thing 1, but it is starting to look very familiar.

Thing 2, who used to love taking a bath and getting wet, now refuses to step foot in the bath tub.? We’ve reached the point where he will at least stand in the tub, but it takes a lot of coaxing.

I took him to get a haircut yesterday and it may as well have been the first time.

You’re hurting me! he screamed at the poor woman trying to distract him with a lollipop.? He ended up getting his haircut standing up, in the middle of the barber shop, while I held his arms down and everyone looked on in half amusement, half annoyance.

A typical weekend now involves at least a half dozen tantrum to time out cycles.? The time outs are getting longer and more difficult.? This weekend he pulled the doorknob off his bedroom door as a sign of protest.

The problem with Thing 2’s tantrums is, even when he is in full meltdown, he is still so funny and we need to keep ourselves from laughing at him.? Just try to keep a straight face while looking at the picture above.? For more evidence, see him riding in the car or posing in front of the mirror.

Ah yes, the terrible three’s.? Only about a year to go and he’ll be four.? Of course, then Thing 3 will be about to, you guessed it, turn three.

5 thoughts on “Terrible Three’s Takes Over”

  1. Thanks for scaring the crap out of me.

    We have a two year old that just started the annoying tantrums of a typical kid his age. I can’t imagine what he’ll be like at three….oh wait, I can now.

  2. Ronen turns 3 in a couple of weeks. The past few months have been…challenging. I need to work on the way I respond to the tantrums. I think most of the frustration is coming from the fact that my old tricks don’t work anymore, and I haven’t learned new ones that do.

    Time to re-read “How To Talk So Your Children Will Listen”, I guess.

  3. LOL…I warn everyone that it is the THREE’S you got to watch out for!! We just had one turn 4 last week….his younger brother will be three in 8 months. At least we get a small break!

  4. Lil’bug asks for time-outs now. If we’re out she’ll tell me she wants to go home to sit in time out. It gets worse? I don’t remember that with Scout, but then, he was a handful from birth until, oh…I’ll let you know. I’m waiting for Lil’bug’s ‘princess’ stage. You know, that phase 5-yo girls go through when they think the rules don’t apply to them because they’re princesses. I’ve seen it so many times (nieces, neighbors).

  5. Sorry, but I LOVE 3. Three and four are my favorite ages; they’re so funny. I love how they think outside-the-box and are so creative. Little sweeties. I’ll take him off your hands for a while if you can find me! haha

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