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Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

I want to know who it was that decided “The Terrible Two’s” were going to be the phase of child-rearing that we would use to scare new parents.  Is it just the alliteration thing?  Because seriously, 2?  No big deal.  It’s no picnic, but I’m gonna tell you something…Dealing with a 3 year old is awful.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love my 3 year old more than I thought was possible.  He makes me laugh and smile every single day.  He is smart, sweet, adorable, inquisitive, and awesome.

But also?  He is 3 and therefore horrendous to deal with at times.

Why is 3 so awful?  Well, the girls at Rants From Mommyland summed it up in a top 10 list back in the summer of 2011 and I have to agree with their points.

It’s exhausting, the extreme fluctuation of emotions.  It makes me very scared for the teenage years, but the only thing I have to comfort me about that is knowing I have boys and not girls.  Having spent a lot of time with teenage girls in our youth group, I’m kinda glad that God gave me boys.

Miles has never been one to throw tantrums.  When he was 2, my mommy friends would talk about their 2 year olds are constantly throwing screaming fits and full on tantrums, I hadn’t ever experienced that with him (Side note:  I have DEFINITELY experienced that with Spencer, who won’t be 2 until next month…Yikes!).  But now?  Oh, he’s screaming “I WANT DADDY’S PHONE!!!!!” at the top of his lungs with tears streaming down his face.  He’s yelling “NO!!!!” in a vocal range I didn’t know he had in him.

And he’s whining.  Ohhhhhhhh the whining.  He will repeat the same request command over and over with increasing intensity, even as I say “Miles, you can have it later.” or “After this, we’ll do that.”  Oh my.  Hold me.

He won’t listen, he disobeys, he constantly wants to do whatever we aren’t doing, doesn’t understand personal space, and sometimes hits and kicks.

I feel like I have to throw it out there that I do know that what’s to come is sure to be difficult.  I’m certain it doesn’t get easier.  And yes, I know that in 20 years, I’ll long for the days when my boys will still cuddle with me.

But right now?  I’m praying that 4 will be a small reprieve from the horror show that has been Age 3 at our house.

Anyone want to commiserate?  What is your 3 year old like?  When your child turned 4, did it get better?



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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.


  1. Ohhh I’m in for so much trouble. My 2 year old will be 3 in 3 weeks and he is terrible!! Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore my son but he can be a bit….wild! He constantly kicks and hits, occasionally bites. He throws fits about everything. He tells me everyday that I make him cry. Maybe I got mine early?! I’m so scared for when my 2 month old boy hits 18 months (that’s when this started with the first) Three can’t get worse for me!!