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3 year olds arrggh who'd have 'em

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amIgoodenough Sun 09-Sep-07 10:51:02

Things I really hoped I wouldn't still be dealing with at 3


Food and cutlery on the floor every meal time

Screaming fits about hair washing, dressing, changing, toothbrushing, nail cutting, hair cutting, face washing, getting in and out of carseat or stroller,

Screaming fits over absolutely trivial little things like "gasp" "horror" I gave him the green spoon by the handle instead of holding it by the bowl which he has never requested before but is some sort of child abuse

Waking up 2-3 times a night most nights, able to settle self but everyone else wakes up in meantime

"Mummy?......."followed by "Yes, DS?" followed by "Mummy?..." "Yes, DS?" Mummy? etc ad nauseum

Complete inability to cope with changes, waking up for days after sheet changes "I want the blue sheets, I want the blue sheets" then when has blue sheets back "I want the red sheets, I want the red sheets"

Am exhausted please please say your lo grew out of stuff like this

kid Sun 09-Sep-07 10:53:40

They do grow out of that stage, but along comes an equally challenging stage I hate to say!
DS is now 5 and can be very difficult to handle. He does do a wonderful neck massage though so that makes up for it! smile

Lizzylou Sun 09-Sep-07 11:21:15

I am finding "the threes" far harder to deal with than the so-called terrible twos, the constant boundary-pushing is sooo tiresome!

amIgoodenough Sun 09-Sep-07 23:01:59

am doomed then by the sounds of things, at least others are in same boat

BernieBear Mon 10-Sep-07 11:43:05

Had just come on here to see if anyone had written about how bl'ody hard 3 year olds are - and here you are.

I think I can say with some certainty I have never been more stressed......sad

mummydoc Mon 10-Sep-07 11:59:35

absolutely the same in our house dd2 will be 3 in 6 weeks....ahhhh...most common saying in our house " I DO IT " followed by a huge mess and mummy having to do it followed by hissy fit .

Pitchounette Mon 10-Sep-07 19:51:20

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WotsZePoint Mon 10-Sep-07 19:54:43

3 to 4 was a testing time for me and dd1. School makes them can help with the 'who' 'what' 'why' questions, to ease the exhaustion.

HonoriaGlossop Mon 10-Sep-07 19:54:44

Yup, three a challenging age in our house, a real case of having a three-nager.

Sympathy from me, and yes of course they grow out of it grin

Lio Mon 10-Sep-07 20:03:05

thank you for 'fessing up, I was wondering if I was just the most shit parent, but now I think it might ever-so-slightly be that ds is a PITA sometimes grin

CorrieDale Mon 10-Sep-07 20:06:54

Oh bugger. DS is 2.3 and is doing all that sort of thing. I really REALLY hoped that he would be growing out of it soon.

There pops that little bubble of optimism.

izzybiz Mon 10-Sep-07 20:11:01

Im sooo pleased to see im not the only one to have one of these lovely three year olds!!

My Dd cannot speak. She whines, she screams, she shouts, stamps and jumps up and down.

Everything has to be done in a certain way or in a certain order, im beginning to wonder if shes got OCD!

She could drive a saint insane i swear.

Hoping playschool will help??!!

ozzymoomoo Mon 10-Sep-07 20:20:15

Ha ha after reading these msgs I now know I am NORMAL Hazah!!! Beginning to think I was the most irrational/bad tempered parent there ever was!!!! I am 6 mths pregnant, Ds is 3yrs 4mths and is definately going through the Mummy, what, Mummy, what, Mummy, WHAT!!!!! stage ha ha ha just pleased I'm human tis all grin

numptysmummy Mon 10-Sep-07 20:22:46

My 3yr old ds is a complete nightmare at the moment too. Actually for the last year! Thought it was because of dc4's arrival but am now thinking he's just a @#%$! Hoping preschool will help too but if the 1st day was anything to go by,it's gonna take a while! Now have a tired,whinging,control freak!

ozzymoomoo Mon 10-Sep-07 20:28:15

My ds started preschool 5 mornings a week last week but caught a rotten cold by thursday!! It's great as it wears him out and he so needs a nap after!!

numptysmummy Mon 10-Sep-07 20:34:36

Was going for the nap after option but he's TOO bloody tired! Can't win. He and ds1 are still awake and doing god knows what in their room. Gonna be joy in this house tomorrow morning grin

ozzymoomoo Mon 10-Sep-07 20:39:21

It was only before i found out i was expecting i thought how wonderful it would be if he had his naps again as he had stopped, then hey presto here comes preschool!! We both get into my bed and fall asleep. Its bloody bliss. Sometimes he says he's not tired so i let him play in his room, but i give him 20 mins till he's bored of no-one to talk to and climbs in

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