I feel like I have been lied to, misinformed and swayed to believe something that is just not true. I thought the first time around it was an isolated event… then it happened again. Now, I am once again in that situation and have come to the very solid conclusion that this is not an isolated occurrence and it may in fact highlight a very troubling cover-up operation.
When I was pregnant, and even before that, I had always heard the term “terrible twos” — a totally normal and healthy stage of toddler-hood when your child starts to push for their independence. There are lots of ‘no’s and listening issues and many mood swings. We’re told to prepare for this, people joke when we’re pregnant that the newborn stage will be hard as well the “terrible twos”.
I call bullsh*t! There is a stage of toddler-hood that we should be warned about, yet we’re not. But I care about you fellow parents and am here to break the silence on the stage that is far more challenging!
This is my three year old who is so much more “trouble” than when she was two. I mean she is SO MUCH fun, but lady loves to push buttons, get into trouble, try new (& very messy) things and life is so much more interesting at three than two.
This week [so far, it's only Thursday] she has:
- broken her pinky finger
- covered herself in permanent marker
- tried to flush 3 full rolls of toilet paper down the toilet
- dumped buckets of water on the living room floor to make a swimming pool
- put clothes on for only 30 minutes total
- covered the entire main floor in toilet paper
- refused to go to bed 4 nights
Three has been — for all my kids — one of the more challenging stages of raising children, so far. I know that it is a totally healthy, normal and needed phase in their development, but I will admit there are some days when all the challenging, redirecting and OMGee freak-outs wear me out! I am going to guess (or hope) that once I get through this one I will be set until teenage-stage heads into my life.
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