When you’re pregnant everyone goes on and on about everything you’ll experience with your newborn and as a parent in general. They usually follow up with tips and points for one year olds and of course offer up all the horror stories from the dreaded terrible twos. But, I’ve noticed that there are rarely any mentions about what happens when your child turns three. We know at five we can look forward to the first day of real school, by real school I mean Kindergarten. But at three, you don’t get a warning about just how cool year three really is for you and your little person.
It’s almost misleading to the point where one may actually believe year three will either be easy breezy or just plain boring. Three definitely isn’t a walk in the park, it pretty much ranges from the best year so far to more terrible than two. Let me start with all the good things that came along with my baby turning three. She became more independent, she knows exactly what she wants and will tell you that, and lastly she understands pretty much everything you say to her.
And now for the not-so-good things… Let’s see… she’s more independent, she knows exactly what she wants and will tell you that, and yes she understands pretty much everything you say to her. Now you’re probably wondering how all of the same factors can be both good and nt-so-good. Well let me explain.
She’s more independent
- Pro: You can count on your three year old to want to do more on her own, which means you no longer have to do every little thing
- Con: Your three year old will probably fight with you if you try to help him/her do some of the things they can’t do on their own just yet. This usually take up a lot of our time because it will literally take much longer to put on a specific shirt or shoe since they refuse your help at times.
She knows exactly what she wants and will tell you that
- Pro: My child is really good about telling me what she wants to eat, wear and everything else pretty much. I couldn’t wait for the day that she could say what she wanted instead of crying for me to figure it out.
- Con: My child is also good at wanting everything but what I picked to cook, for her to wear or even sometimes places for us to go. She has her own opinion and has no problem disagreeing with me.
She understands pretty much everything you say to her
- Pro: I can tell her to go do something and she’ll understand and do it most of the time. It’s also easier to explain things to a child who’s old enough to comprehend.
- Con: My child remembers and understands every single thing I say to or around her. That’s not always a good thing. She definitely keeps me on my toes to make sure I watch my language and then of course always keep my word. Don’t promise ice cream after dinner if there’s really no ice cream.
All the cons aside, year three is so amazing. It’s when you actually get to experience your child’s full personality. My daughter learns a new word each day and it amazes me how she seems to use them in the appropriate context the first time around. Nobody ever warns you about three, so I’m here to let you know that it’s everything you’ve been waiting for since becoming a parent. The baby years are great, small toddlers are still cute and cuddly, but three year olds are everything. I’m sure there will be more to share for year four, but for now we’re just enjoying three.