Every mum knows how contradictory, confusing and charming the Three's can be. While on the one hand your Threenager acts like a complete arse, tantruming and arguing and making you want to pull your hair out, on the other, he is the cutest sounding little human on earth. I mean, the full-blown, adult-like conversations you can have with your three-year-old, how he kisses you goodnight, or asks if you're feeling better when you're sick… aaah, melting my heart moments. (Here are my five reasons I absolutely love the 'Terrible Threes').
And there are some traits that only a three-year-old possesses – no, he won't have had them as a two-year-old toddler and he will not have them as a four-year-old boy. So just as I listed the 10 Things Only a Toddler Can Do and 10 Things Only a Toddler Can Do – Part 2, here are the 10 Things Only a Threenager Can Do!
1. Ask you to make him pasta for dinner. You spend half an hour doing just that – making his favourite cheese sauce and sneaking those veggies in. Then you present it to him in his favourite green plate. Only to be met with the biggest tantrum ever and a surprising revelation that he hates pasta and it is the WORST FOOD ON EARTH!!! WTF!!!
I couldn't resist getting this shirt for Little Man
2. Talk and talk and talk and talk… If there was a phone contract with unlimited talktime for three-year-olds, oh my goodness would all mothers sign up! For a three-year-old can speak a gazillion words from the second he wakes up right until he's fast asleep. Heck, mine even talks in his sleep sometimes!
3. Be over-confident and super-independent. Threenagers are dudes. And dudettes. Period. I wish I could have half the confidence they have, to go ahead and do my thing (or say anything)
knowing believing it is the absolute truth. And don't even get me started on over-independence. I mean child you are wearing the WRONG SHOE on the WRONG FOOT, but you will STILL GO ON WEARING THE WRONG SHOE ON THE WRONG FOOT and merrily walk around town as though it is the right shoe on the right foot!!!
4. Be a potential nominee for an Oscar. I mean, a three-year-old can act/ pretend and do it so well. Be it pretending he's not tired when his eyes are blood-red tired; pretending he's not finished his business on the loo because his book isn't yet over; pretending he's full because he doesn't want to finish his food (but has enough place for pudding, huh!) or pretending he's a Super Hero on a mission to save the world from the "bad guys".
Little Man 'pretending' to be a traffic policeman
5.Trouble you the entire day with tantrums, disobedience, sudden wee-wee accidents, refusal to eat anything except breadsticks and Oreos, and then cuddle up next to you at night and say: 'I'm sorry I was a naughty boy today Mummy. I pomise (love when Little Man looses his 'r') to be good tomorrow. Good Night Mummy, Sweet Dreams Mummy'. ALL IS FORGIVEN CHILD. THAT SPEECH WON MY HEART…. (which takes me back to point number 4 – Oscar-worthy performances).
6. Won't ever keep a promise but will make sure you do. Caution: Never take a three-year-old's word when he says 'one last episode of Paw Patrol' or the 'last Oreo' or 'just five more minutes in the park'. BUT, beware if you promised him a chocolate if he finished all his vegetables or promised him a Hot Wheels car if he behaved in the mall. He WILL remember and he WILL make sure you keep your promise!|
7. Will pull out his socks when it's freezing and will want them on when it's hot. What is it with socks and kids, anyways?
8. Four means four and no more. Or three means three. Or two means two… you get the drift. Three-year-olds can be super-fixated on certain things and you have no choice but to go with the flow…
9. Have certified selective hearing. A three-year-old
cannot will not hear their name being called out from the next room, but will hear a packet of crisps being opened from a mile away!
10. Play the most warped – yet adorable – version of Hide and Seek ever! Like hiding in the SAME PLACE EVERY DAY… like popping out to say "Here I am" after exactly 2.5 seconds of hiding… or like hiding in very obvious places with more than half of their body not hidden!
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