Anyone with children older than three knows that there is no such thing as the "Terrible Twos", but there should be something called the "Throat-Slashing Threes". Am I right? When one of my friends whose son is 364 days older than Leighton told me that three was an awful, sassy age, frankly, I didn't believe her. Why? Because every parent (unless they have experienced that phase already) thinks that their child will somehow be different. They aren't.
That being said, when Leighton was two, I kept blaming every little outburst on the Terrible Two's, but inside I was constantly wondering if that was it? It wasn't so bad... well, turns out that when kids are two, everything is new to them, and they just want to explore and try things. When the ripe old age of three happens, well, look out! They test boundaries, they sass, they want independence that they are too young to achieve without frustration.
I never imagined that having a child could be as difficult as my three-year-old can sometimes be. However, it's not all bad. With age comes changes and some of the most hilarious little sentences... like when Mark took Leighton upstairs for a quick hose down post swimming lesson, and Mark was "sternly" telling Leighton to get into the bathroom... "Just calm down, daddy" Leighton emphasized as he held up both hands in a "stop" position.
Every phase has its ups and downs, the good and the bad, and we as parents need to focus on the good and try to forget about the bad. After all, it's not just our kids that are growing, learning, and changing... we are too.
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Cyndi M. Frick
This lifestyle blog is my outlet to share and advise about the things I love. I always have an opinion!