3 Years Old And Worse Than The Terrible Twos

August 23, 2009 by  
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I have not one, but two, three year olds at home. and I must say that lately I am pulling my hair out.  They are at a stage where they are being very defiant and testing their limits with mommy and daddy.  I am sure it is all just a phase but, I am going  a little nuts.

One of my sons is in to yelling and screaming NO at me, and it usually goes from a frank matter of fact “no” to a shrill screaming no.  Then when I threaten to spank his tush, or ask him if he wants a spank he says yes, then I have to catch him first.  If you can picture me chasing a three year old around the couch, I can imagine it’s quite humorous to see.  We have tried time out, but this becomes play time for him.  It is all wearing me out, because I am one of those people that doesn’t just give up on parenting my kid and say oh well, I tried.  I am a firm believer in teaching my children how to behave, how to have manners and be respectful.

I have such a hard time with this because there are two 3 year olds in the house, and they get on each others nerves.  I am an only child and never experienced any sort of sibling rivalry, so I am breaking up fights over toys daily and when you do that it leads to the offender flailing himself around like fish out of water, and screaming uncontrollably.  It isn’t any wonder why when my husband gets home, I run and hide.  The part that is most amazing is, that when you separate them, they act like angels.  They are totally different kids.  My guess is, that they don’t have to contend for my attention.  Despite me pulling my hair out, everyone compliments me on how well behaved my boys are, so I guess they are just testing us.

I will always be persistent because I know that as they get older, the direction they get now will be a foundation for them, but until then, if you see a woman running crazed down the street, it was me.

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4 Responses to “3 Years Old And Worse Than The Terrible Twos”
  1. Did you peak in my windows today too?!! I am soooo with you!!!!!! My 3.5yr old girl is driving me INSANE lately! Yesterday and today were HORRIBLE! Testing me and being so snotty! OH – I hope it’s a phase too!

  2. Tina Eihsuen says:

    As you know I a mother of 3 children.. 13, 10 & 5.. I have ALWAYS said “terrible twos” was a joke for all of mine it was @ 3-4 years of age. Part of it I feel is because they are way more verbile and can express themselves better. Hang in there it does get better. Maybe since you have twins they need a lil more individual time… like maybe playdates that are seperate sometimes so they have time to be just them & not a set of twins and a break from each other? Another idea is maybe giving them a few special toys that belong to each of them that they do not have to share with each other. Even though I am not a mom of twins we have 10 sets in my family & it seems to help in those homes. Even with Nate who is 5 and the youngest I let him pick 3 things to put up before playdates that are off limits to his guest and he knows everyting else is fair game & up for grabs.

  3. Father2Three says:

    I have noticed that the three’s are worse than the Terrible Twos in my house. Having double the trouble makes it even more challenging. Good luck!

  4. trisha says:

    and at 4, they back talk you and tell you they are moving out

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