- stamping of the foot
- impatience "but I can't wait that long"
- questions, questions and more questions to which our answers are never satisfactory and always result in follow up questions or repeated "why"'s
- constant "but muuuuuum"'s
- Fussy with clothing and food
- questions or statements repeated over and over if they are ignored or not immediately answered. There's no giving up
- tantrums of course over the most insignificant things
- and the stamina of a three year old during said tantrums! Oh MY!
So I asked my mummy friends (all of us have two year olds becoming threenagers this month) to finish this sentence...
You know you have a threenager when...
- You serve a healthy dinner full of veggies only to get asked "where's my meat mummy? Why don't I have meat? Have I been naughty"
- When your 3 year old says " I don't like you anymore" and stamps her foot and walks off.
- When they yell at you and point you go away and slams the bedroom door because you asked "what are you doing?
- When food preferences and the subsequent decision to ingest are solely determined by whether Thomas the Tank Engine would eat it or not.
- When "no" is followed by "well you're not my best friend"
- When you have to try and explain why you don't have to wipe the dogs bum after a poo but you have to wipe their bum
- You're told "go away mama, my (I'm) busy....My just putting my make up on" (oh and I should also add that once or twice that 'make up' involved using Texta on her face, as well as a surprisingly neat fingernail and toenail colouring in!!)
- "No mummy! 1...2....3... Go room now!" Hey, at least he finally learnt how to count
- And taking forever get him to take a shower, only to have him refuse to get out.
- When mummy won't let him do what he wants and comes running up to you and says "No Mummy, go away!"
- You're told "mummy just wait, I'm busy"
- You're told "mummy, I just said..."
- When Vegemite becomes a core ingredient in menu planning.
- When you bring out the biscuit container after specifically being asked for "cookies".... The melt down lasted approximately 40 minutes.
- I told A this morning our activities for the day 1: play date 2: mummy has to go to the dentist. He walks out of his room a few minutes later and gives me 10 cents and says "here mummy that's to pay for the dentist, I took it from my piggy bank". Lol
- When no is followed by No, which is followed by NO and once more, for good luck, NO! (Which is usually followed by some naughty chair time)
- When you go to wipe her face and she says "you need to stop, that's is not acceptable behaviour"
- When we decided to get takeaway dinner the other night and M cracked it because "No! I want to sit at the tables and have dinner!" (We take her out to restaurants a fair bit and she loves it)
- When she says "No I am NOT finished in the bath/swimming because my fingers aren't wobbly yet" (she meant wrinkly)
- When Mummy says no to something, so we turn to daddy and ask the same question...
- Also every second sentence is "No I can do it myself!"
- When your told "I told you so mum"
- "Mum can you go away I need some privacy" while on the toilet
- When your child asks for something "sweet and crunchy" then melts down when you offer the wrong food.
- Or everything is "yucky" I've actually barred her from saying this!!
- When this happens…
|image used with permission from one of my lovely online mummy friends|
And finally one of the mummies had this to say...
Slowly but surely the terrible twos slide away and a little one emerges who is easier to reason with. I am seeing huge changes with L at the moment. Life is less of a battle and I'm loving the fact she seems less impulsive. Although, I think many of the challenges she faced was because she struggled greatly with her sister arriving and suffered massive separation anxiety when I was in hospital.
So mummies of two year olds - be prepared. Here are two of my previous posts from my mummy friends...
And mummies of already threenagers - have you heard of the "fournado"??