Happy Monday, everyone! I am happy to have my friend Sarah from Play 2 Learn with Sarah guest blogging today. For those of you with little ones, you’ll want to read on. Sarah shares with us the reality about the Terrible Twos – and how they’ve got nothin’ on the Thrashing Threes!
Terrible Two’s vs Thrashing Three’s
Around the age of 2 a baby learns to say “NO!” – this is the first signal that those sweet baby days are gone and the days of fights, tears and tantrums aren’t far off. They (whoever “they” are) call this “The Terrible Two’s.”
But really are they so terrible?
My boys both were “busy” at 2. They climbed. They threw toys. They had to be physically dragged away from toy aisles. They became unreasonably attached to random objects. (Connor would throw a FIT in the checkout line when I’d take the can of Folger’s away to have it scanned.)
Was it a pain? Yes. Was it embarrassing at times? Yes.
Was it even close to the horrors we’d experience when they turned three? NO WAY
When I heard about the “terrible two’s” I thought, “OK, I just have to get them to three and we’ll be fine.”
Boy was I WRONG!
Two is a joy ride compared to the blood curdling screams that can come out of a 3 yr old (and now they’re big enough to actually inflict pain on you when you have to restrain them).
As my boys crept closer to 3, both of them spent more and more time in Time Out. But shortly after turning three, Time Out no longer worked (they wouldn’t sit there) and then Time Out got moved to their rooms…which was the worst for them. (My kids love their toys so removing them from toys causes an exorcism like reaction.)They would scream and kick and be flat out crazy. There was nothing you could do to reason with them because they’d completely lost it.
You may be thinking, what kind of thing could cause this monster to come out of my sweet baby?
- Getting IN the car
- Getting OUT of the car
- Changing a diaper
- Changing clothes
There is no escaping the monster that is three. You’ve been warned.
Sarah Kostusiak is a Mompreneur trying to hold it all together, make a difference and have fun at the same time! Her blog Play2LearnwithSarah.com includes tips, tricks, giveaways and stories of the crazy antics of her two young boys and three wild dogs. Stop by and play awhile!