Looking at this picture above makes it hard to think there’s anything less than perfect princess behavior 24/7, right?
Well, that was actually the case for quite some time.
And then? She turned 3!
Don’t get me wrong, there were some tough times when she was 2. Not often but there were times. After some time I thought to myself…
Did we miss the terrible two’s?
Might we have skipped over the single worst time in a toddler’s life?
Woo hoo! We did it! We’re free! We made it!!
This quickly turned into…
This wasn’t supposed to happen.
She’s three! This is impossible!
She tricked us!
Turns out this little princess has saved her “Terrible Two’s” for three! She’s decided to skip right past the entire year and unleash it all right this very moment! Don’t get me wrong it comes in spurts but oh boy! And if she hasn’t had a nap?
These are some challenging times and in much different ways than they were before. The stress level is raised so much higher now. Of course, she only has fits when it’s bad timing for us. Oh yeah, it’s not when we’re up on a Sunday morning with nothing to do. It usually happens just before we’re ready to walk out the door, late for some event. Perhaps, it’s right after I come home from work and right before it’s bath and bed time. Yeah..she knows!
I never forget that I almost didn’t have children after my wife and I struggled so much to have them in the first place. I embrace these frustrating times and challenging moments knowing that in fact, they’re actually special. They’re special because there was a time when I never thought I’d even get to experience them. So while I feel like pulling my hair out sometimes, I’m so lucky that I can even feel that way to begin with.
Oh what an interesting time for us as we enter the unheard of “Terrible Three’s”! This is part of what inspired my last post and it’s really challenging me to think of more creative ways to parent. So, was your child a Terrible Two or a Terrible Three?