10 Things Only a Threenager Can Do!

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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  1. Sam Kersley

    This was a great post to read, my son is 3 in June and I think were starting to see the signs of a threenager moving in lol. #bestandworst

    1. Nicole

      Welcome to the ‘Threenage’ years.. and all the best. Lol. Just kidding… it’s a lovely stage in your kid’s life… enjoy the chatter, love and playfulness along with the challenges:)
      Thanks for popping over!

  2. The Tale of Mummyhood

    Haha, I tell mine shes going to be on the stage a lot. She can be so dramatic!


    1. Nicole

      Lol. They are, aren’t they?

  3. MMT

    Our youngest is two and a half, and I certainly recognise some of these! especially the dumb and dumber version of hide and seek ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

    1. Nicole

      Hide and Seek with them is hilarious!

  4. Clare

    I love the helmet! My youngest will be 3 in october and well let’s just say with 3 elders to teach her the tricks of the trade.. she’s more of a teenager haha! Lovely blog xx

    1. Nicole

      Oh yeah… she seems to have some great role models:) enjoy….
      And thanks!

  5. Jaki

    Great read. I survived a year of three and am two months into four – so far? The tantrums are just bigger! I didn’t think it was possible!! #bestandworst

    1. Nicole

      I’ve heard they call the fours ‘Fournado’… must be for a reason! Good luck!!! Lol

  6. Mummy Pat

    I can confirm that ‘Fournado’ lives up to the hype. Maybe when he’s five he’ll stop crashing into his little sister’s buggy on his scooter, spend his mealtimes dancing rather than eating, and take 30 minutes to walk home from nursery while he chases imaginary dinosaurs. Maybe.

    1. Nicole

      Oh dear, I do have a lot to look forward to!!! Thanks for popping over

  7. Peachy and her Mommy

    Peachy is only 14 months old so we're not there yet. I do however have two cats who apply the same logic to hiding. If I can't see you, then surely you can't see me, right? #FridayFrolics

    1. Nicole

      Exactly! Wait till you've got to find two cats and a 3-year-old… all of whom you can see before even looking lol!

  8. Emma Island Living 365

    Ahaha, they are like mini dictators! Mine is going through a stage of wearing her Hello Kitty hat all of the time! Even at the dinner table and to bed. She refuses to be parted with it as she just has to wear it! She also has to wear it pulled up really high on her head so she looks like a cross between a rapper and gnome! Good job we love them ๐Ÿ˜‰ #FridayFrolics

  9. Nicole

    That sounds hilarious and adorable at the same time:) You're so right, good thing we love them… and that they're cute!

  10. Rach

    Yes to all of this all day long.  I'm currently in the throes of the threenager stage at the moment!! It's certainly an experience! Only another 9 months to go…..#fridayfrolics

    1. Nicole

      And then, it's welcome to the 'Fournado' stage!!! Another experience I'm sure. Thanks for popping over.

  11. Turning Up In Devon

    I love the way young children hide in hide and seek and as long as they can't see you then 'they're hidden', sooooo cute! My 7 year old still does that to be fair! And the chats, chatting to a three year old is fab, I do miss the old days but tweenagers love a chat too thankfully #Friday Frolics

  12. Claire - Life, Love and Dirty Dishes

    My eldest is 7 and still does #2.  He never stops talking.  That's 5 years of non stop talking so far!  It's exhausting ๐Ÿ˜‰  Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

    1. Nicole

      Hahahaha… so I have lots to look forward to then:) 

  13. Silly Mummy

    Haha – so true! Oh the games of hide and seek!


    Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics

    1. Nicole

      Yeah, Hide and Seek takes on a different twist with toddlers and threenagers, doesn't it?

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  15. Wendy

    I am in love with this post, you have perfectly described my child! He is 3 and does all of this..oh my God the talking thing and the acting..YES! It is such an adorable age too though isn't it? I love having chats with my boy about anything and everything and when he gives me a proper hug and asks if I'm OK and that he loves me it makes my heart burst. Thank you for linking this up to #BlogCrush xx

    1. Nicole

      Yes Wendy, it is an extremely contradictory stage. While they get more headstrong/stubborn and throw massive tantrums, they also develop genuine feelings of love and care and that really makes our hearts burst! And then yes, there's the talking. It's adorable chatting with them about stuff, but after the 20th 'Mummyyyyyyy', you just want them to be quiet lol!


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