5 reasons Threenage years are worse than the Terrible Twos

Challenges to brace yourself for when your mini-me turns 3, plus, helpful hints on how to deal with them!

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Terrible Threes. Thunderous Threes. Thrashing Threes. Threenager. Going by these less-than-flattering labels to describe a 3-year-old, you can rest assured that the Terrible Twos stage was a honeymoon compared to the road ahead.

At age 3, his sense of imagination is taking shape, which explains why he loves to play act. At the same time, he can understand more complicated instructions, thanks to his expanded vocabulary.

“There were a couple of times when the shopping mall security guard had to intervene because her daughter’s tantrum was that bad.”

Your mini-me’s physical development is taking off in a big way, too. He’s able to walk up and down stairs, jump and put his foot to the bike pedals. Drawing shouldn’t be too much of a problem as well. So, what’s giving 3-year-olds a bad rap? 

1) They can’t stops talking

At 2, your child is speaking more clearly and acquiring more words. By age 3, he can now string sentences together and so begins the endless chatter. But hey, at least you know there’ll never be a dull — or quiet — moment.

2) They’ll create a public spectacle

Simply crying is so passé when you’re 3 years old. Throwing a temper tantrum has become the new black, so much so that you’ll be convinced that a monster has replaced your toddler. Kelly Ong, mother of Kenneth, who’s turning 3, recalls how her friend laid bare the pains of life with her own 3-year-old. “She said there were a couple of times when the shopping mall security guard had to intervene because her daughter’s tantrum was that bad.”