My daughter has been three for approximately 22 days, and we have already seen so many changes from her previously two-year-old self. She is officially on the “big kid side” (aka the pre-school side) at daycare and she is wearing size 5T. By all accounts she is now a big girl. Unfortunately though, not all of the changes have been positive. I have heard people talk about the terrible threes, and while I wouldn’t qualify the past three weeks as “terrible” they have certainly opened our eyes to what we can expect in the next year. Here are some examples of how she has grown…and is still growing.
- She is polite (using her manners), mostly without being asked. She says please and thank you most of the time, and when she forgets a small prompt solicits the magic words without issue. She asks to be excused from the table at the end of meals, and reminds me with a smile that I forgot her fluoride, again.
- When she is not using said manners, she is making declarations like, “I don’t want chicken! I want M&M’s!” and demands such as, “Give me that baby, Quinnie! Right now!”
- She has been expressing herself in healthy ways. Her words and sentences are clearer, she is practicing her letters, picking out her own clothes, and even verbalizing her emotions in better ways like, “I’m frustrated…Can you help me please?” and “That makes me happy!” And that makes me happy!
- Except for when we’re not happy, probably because instead of using any coherent words she is sitting on the ground yelling (more like crying screaming without the tears)…just yelling. Oh, and maybe throwing her limbs around to make a point. Not sure what that point is exactly, but she’s making it.
- She is helpful around the house- she helps me set and clear the table, she picks up her toys when asked, she alerts me when her sister or the dog are doing something unsafe, and even saves me time by getting herself ready in the morning.
- She also rips all of the clothes out of her drawer and flings them across the room, and yells “I can’t do it!” “I want you to do it!” and “I want to do it!” in the same 30 second time span.
So you have a taste, likely one that you are or have been familiar with before. If you have any tips, we’ll take them. And if you are a close family member or friend, we have someone who would love to come for a visit 🙂
Latest posts by Emily Perillo (see all)
- Thirty-Five Years Old and I Still Depend on my Mom for… - March 7, 2017
- Peace Out 2016 - December 15, 2016
- Remembering with Love - December 14, 2016