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The threenager – I love him but jeez!!

Before I begin, I need to make a declaration. I love being a mum. I adore my boy. My heart bursts several times a day with how utterly delicious he is and how utterly proud he makes me. He is funny, gorgeous, smart, cheeky. He is my life and I would do absolutely anything for him. I love him more than I ever thought it was possible to love a human being.

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BUT…

My god, dealing with a threenager is a whole other level of parenting. A whole other level of patience testing. He is driving me bonkers! And you know what’s bad? I don’t even spend every day with him. I spend 2 whole days with him and a couple of hours in the mornings and evenings. That’s not a lot of time and in that time he manages to wind me up something chronic. There are several things he is doing right now, some that are down to his inquisitive nature and some down to his downright persistence.  All of it though, is because he is three. And I totally get that. It just doesn’t help me in the moment that he’s driving me potty! So, what’s he doing you may be thinking. Here is an insight into life with a three year old.

Questions (including the dreaded why)
They come thick and fast. It is question after question after question. But, no answer is good enough and they will continue to drag information out of you until you want to scream.

Zach: Are we home yet?

Me: No

Zach: Why?

Me: Because we’re not

Zach: But why?

Me: Because we are still driving there

Zach: Have we been past the boats yet?

Me: No not yet

Zach: Why?

Me: Because we haven’t got that far yet

Zach: Oh, where are the boats?

Me: They are just round the corner

Zach: What round this corner here

Me: Well no not this corner but they aren’t far

Zach: Are we home yet?

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

We also regularly have this one:

Zach: Is that our house?

Me: No that’s not our house

Zach: Yeah it is, over there, that’s our house

Me: Ok, fine, that’s our house!

And then there is the please. I love how my boy is very polite but good grief!

Zach: Can we phone nannie

Me: We’ve literally just left her house, let’s leave nannie alone for some peace

Zach: Nooooo, I want to phone nannie. Please phone nannie (there are normally tears at this point!)

Me: Zach, we are not phoning nannie. We are driving home and nannie is probably in the garden with the dogs.

Zach: Please

Me: No

Zach: But pleeeeeease

Me: No please just let’s leave nannie alone

Zach: Pleeeeeeeeease

Me: Oh for gods sake, ok we’ll phone nannie.

When nannie doesn’t answer, probably because she’s having a well earned peaceful wee after having my three year old all day…

Zach: Can we phone nannie again now. She might be by the phone again.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

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The inability to listen

Zach has a real issue with listening. He just won’t do it. If I’m trying to explain to him the reasoning behind why he can’t have something or why he can’t do something, he whinges, he pleads, he talks over me so he can’t even hear what I’m saying! I say to him (like they do a nursery), put your listening ears on, but it just doesn’t work. In fact, sometimes the following happens.

Me: Zach, you need to listen to me, put your listening ears on please

Zach: OK (he pretends to flick a switch by each ear and turn them on)

I start to explain the reasoning and he flicks the bloody switch again and says “ooops, they’ve gone off again”.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! Seriously, this kid!

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The refusal of doing things he’s asked to do

Ok, scenario one here is when he’s thrown something on the floor. It might be because it was in his way or it might be through anger. Whatever the reason, I try to stand my ground and make him pick it up. It involves a lot of me saying pick it up and a lot of him saying no. This can go on for ten minutes. Sometimes he’ll walk away, sometimes I’ll make him sit down and wait until he’s ready. He does generally pick it up in the end but it’s not through sheer persistence of not wanting to.

Scenario two is getting dressed. If he could, he would spend the whole day in his pyjamas! I mean, I get it…they are super comfy aren’t they and we all love a pj day! The problem is when it becomes a battle to get him out of them and into clothes. I’ve had him clinging onto his cuffs for dear life, with me trying to detach his clasped fists. These children are mighty strong but he forgets that mummy is stronger! I am unsure of why he can’t just get dressed and makes it into a god awful battle!

The sheer determination not to apologise when he’s done something wrong

He knows he’s done something wrong, he acts completely different and goes quiet, generally hunched into his shoulders. If you try and get him to apologise though it’s an instant “no”. If you tell him to come over so you can speak to him, it’s a “no”. He will stand at the other end of the room, adamant that he will not move from that spot. His insistence is quite remarkable, if only it wasn’t so bloody frustrating! Once again I stand my ground and will happily wait for 10 minutes until he’s decided that the time is right to apologise but it is the longest 10 minutes ever.

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And finally…

The constant hunger

Good grief this child is hungry. All the time. He spends the whole day asking for food. On Sunday, he had just finished a decent serving of a roast dinner and he immediately told us he was still hungry. He doesn't stop eating and by around lunchtime, we've run out of food to give him! And then he just keeps saying pleeeeeeease!! 

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I‘d always heard about the threenage years but it is a lot harder than I’d anticipated. I guess it’s my punishment for getting through the “terrible twos” with ease!

A wonderful quote I spotted over on the Make up to Motherhood blog recently was “This too shall pass”. I need to print this and stick it everywhere, to remind myself that just like every other trialling time we have come across, this too will pass. I just hope it passes quickly!

I’d love to hear the tales of your threenagers. Come on, make me feel better!

 

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94 Comments

  • Reply Saffy

    Three was a nightmare, and four is EVEN WORSE. Sorry………they are just so wilful!!! 

    February 25, 2016 at 8:59 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Noooooooooo! Surely it can’t get harder than this?!!! xx

      March 2, 2016 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Lisa Backsnbumps

    I'm wondering if this is a boy thing as he sounds just like me 2nd son! Luckily we've got past the annoying question stage but he's always hungry and never seems to list or do what he's told. Well I think he's not listening until he repeats word for word a conversation he shouldn't have overheard, ooppps! #thelist

    February 26, 2016 at 8:09 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha typical! I do love his inquisitiveness but it’s the repetition that is hard to deal with! And the hunger is just ridiculous. He doesn’t normally have breakfast until he’s at my mums or at nursery, so about 7.30, but yesterday and today he’s been sitting on the sofa at 6am munching weetabix! And then having more breakfast! It’s a good job he doesn’t stop moving else he wouldn’t be as slim as he is!! xx

      March 2, 2016 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Emma

    Oh I feel your pain. I have a threenager who doesn't stop eating, she would eat all day if I let her. She just constantly grazes. If I open the cupboard to find she has cleared it out and there is nothing on the shelves to offer her then it is panic stations! It did make me laugh when you said that your threenager will pretend to flick the switches off behind his ears. Very cheeky 🙂 #thelist

    February 26, 2016 at 9:18 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      He is very cheeky! The little pickle. It seems that this constant hunger is a very common thing. So glad I wrote this post just do I now know that all three year olds eat this much!! xx

      March 2, 2016 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Louise (Squished Blueberries)

    I'm totally with you here, my little threenager has a big attitude. I take lots of deep breaths at the moment!

     

    February 26, 2016 at 9:45 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      It’s so hard isn’t it. It’s funny because since writing this post he seems to be having a bit of a less attitude week! Still eating everything in (or out of) sight and not wanting to get dressed but there’s been a bit less deep breaths. Looks like he’s giving me a week off while daddy is away hehe! xx

      March 2, 2016 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Mamavsteacher

    Oh goodness, I feel the same and I work full time too. He pushes my buttons so quickly! But at least he's adorable and so much nicer than the kids at work!

    February 29, 2016 at 9:23 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha at least you have the comparison there to appreciate how wonderful he is! Glad it’s not just me who has their buttons pushed when I hardly see him!! xx

      March 2, 2016 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Silly Mummy

    We get most of these & neither of them have even hit 3 yet! Esp the questions, not listening & hunger. Weirdly, the little 18 month one is the one here who has figured out the excessive use of 'please' when she's been told no! You know how when they're really young, everyone tells you how bad 2 is, & then when they are 2 and heading towards 3, everyone says 3 is actually worse…do you think everyone is about to announce how much worse 4 is?? #ftmob

    February 29, 2016 at 10:07 pm
    • Reply Silly Mummy

      Back from #twinklytuesday

      March 1, 2016 at 10:03 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Someone has sadly already said that 4 is so much harder than 3. I guess each year just brings different challenges! xx

      March 2, 2016 at 9:50 am
  • Reply mama, my kid doesnt poop rainbows

    our tot is only 19 months and he's already figured out the power of 'pwease'. Wish he has your lads hunger. Only eaten yoghurt for last 3 days. Thanks for hosting #twinklytuesday

    March 1, 2016 at 6:52 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Oh no! Yogurt is so yummy though hehe! The constant please is a nuisance isn’t it?! So polite but why won’t they just understand that no is no! xx

      March 2, 2016 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods)

    Well I can tell you you're not alone lol. My son is four in two weeks and yes him being three has been hard. He starts his strops from the moment he wakes up until the moment he goes to bed and he won't get dressed either. I have to pin him down to get him ready for pre-shool. My son is on the waiting list to be assessed for autism and I actually find it really difficult trying to dicipher what are autism traits and what is him just being three but from what I have read in your post most of it is just him being three. God its hard isn't it. Hopefully four will be easier. Fingers crossed eh? 

    #twinklytuesdays

    March 1, 2016 at 6:55 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha well I hope the post has helped you spot which bits are just him being three! I don’t have to quite pin him down to dress (although I have previously been there and done that!), but it can still be a battle! Someone has said four is even harder – I hope it’s not true! xx

      March 2, 2016 at 10:09 am
  • Reply lizzie ( firstooth )

    They're so testing sometimes aren't they! We're in the two year old tantrum phase, these tantrums rock up out of nowhere! They are so funny though you can't help but think about their weird ways and laugh. Just not at the time, it's never funny at the time. My son asks to phone his nanny all the time too, all the time!

    March 1, 2016 at 7:08 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Oh I have totally laughed through most of Zach’s tantrums because they are so funny! They are always over such ridiculous things I really struggle to hold it in. I don’t let him see me laughing of course! Glad it’s not just mine who wants to phone nanny all the time!! x

      March 2, 2016 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Claire at Life Love and Dirty Dishes

    I seem to remeber there's a lot of standing your ground.  Right now the big one (6) seems to reply to everything with "yes, but" and his most common prhase is "That's not fair."  When the little one starts talking I don't think I'm ever going to get a word in edgeways.  Mine never stop eating either! #TwinklyTuesday

    March 1, 2016 at 7:19 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha it just never ends does it?! I have definitely had its not fair already although not very often! I really struggle with what to give him for food to try and keep it as healthy as possible! xx

      March 2, 2016 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Fionnuala

    We had extremely terrible terrible twos but never got the threenager phase. Who knows what will happen when the youngest hits that age. 

    Sending you tons of patience Lisa!

     

    March 1, 2016 at 7:19 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha thank you! It’s the not knowing when it’s going to hit. I knew we’d get something eventually and I mean in comparison to some we probably still have it quite easy. But, when you’ve had a couple of years of a really chilled out child, it’s a bit of a shock to the system! Hope your youngest just skips it all! xx

      March 2, 2016 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Amy

    Oh my goodness! The questions are so frustrating aren't they! I remember Sydney asking me repeatedly what I was doing whilst I was driving and me starting off all lovely in my responses and then ended up losing it saying "I'm driving the car, I'm driving the CAR!!"  I'm sorry to say though, 4 is even worse!! No threat is a big deal. We have shrugging shoulders and not caring. Very tough! #TwinklyTuesday

    March 1, 2016 at 7:37 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Oh dear! None of it is easy is it?! The driving the car thing though. Zach often asks me to look at what he’s doing and I’m like, I can’t right now and then he asks why!! I’m like, I’m trying not to crash the car!!! xx

      March 2, 2016 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Beth @ Twinderelmo

    My girls are only 2 and I see so much of this in them already especially the stubborn and determined side! They are such characters but very hard work st times x #twinklytuesday

    March 1, 2016 at 7:49 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha yep, even though Zach has always been quite laid back, I’ve always known he has a certain stubborn streak in him! xx

      March 2, 2016 at 10:42 am
  • Reply wendy

    Leo is only 2 but he is already doing most of this. He is soo stubborn!! And now you tell me it gets worse when he's 3?!!haha. That is a great quote and this phase will definitely pass..at some point!xx #TwinklyTuesday 

    March 1, 2016 at 8:27 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha and then there will be a whole new one. I think that quote will be relevant throughout the whole of parenting! Zach has always been very stubborn – it just seems to be getting even more so now that he has a pretty full vocabulary! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Lady Nym

    I get both of them saying 'pleeeeease' (or 'pweeez' in Bear's case).  I don't think Bear even knows what he's asking for most of the time; he just knows Tyger's saying 'pleeeeease' and he joins in!

    #TwinklyTuesday

    March 1, 2016 at 8:43 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha that’s so cute even though it must be really frustrating at times!! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 8:44 am
  • Reply Georgina

    Oh wow, it sounds like you need to have the patience of a saint! I'm just getting into the terrible twos so this is like reading my future 🙂 ekkk, I think the constant questions would also drive me potty, just start making stuff up! Thanks for sharing and I hope your week goes well. G X 

    March 1, 2016 at 9:08 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thank you. The worst thing is when he tells me that the answer I’ve given is not the right one! I’m kind of like, well that’s the answer so I don’t really know what you want me to say hehe! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Kerry

    Ha ha, this made me laugh! My daughter has just turned 4 and my Son is about to turn 3 so I feel your pain! It's the constant questions that drive me nuts! x via #TwinklyTuesday

    March 1, 2016 at 9:14 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Gosh it’s non stop going through it for you. I love that he’s so inquisitive but it’s when he asks the same thing over and over again then tells me I’ve given him the wrong answer haha! I feel that he expects too much from me! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Helen

    Oh gosh this all sounds like serious hard work! My daugher is only 11 months and I'm already dreading it when she hits the terrible twos and threenager stage!! Sounds like you're dealing with it all really well 🙂 #TwinklyTuesday

     

    Helen x

     

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    March 1, 2016 at 9:17 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Oh thanks – it doesn’t always feel that way! I try my best though because it’s not really his fault. I just wish he’d ask each question just once! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Martyn

    Oh how I know this! William seemed to carry his through to being 4 and just as he was over it James entered it. It seemed never ending. Luckily I think James is come out of it now but as it appears, parenting has brought it's new difficulties! It's hard but you're not alone. I found counting cuppas helped get me through 😉 

    March 1, 2016 at 9:31 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha! It must be hard having similar ages and have them go through it one after the other. Sounds like tea is a big help hehe! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Babylists

    Love this! I have an 11month old boy so looking forward to those threenager years…! #TwinklyTuesday

    March 1, 2016 at 9:40 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Oh it’s so much fun! Actually it is – he’s amazing and I love that he’s so inquisitive, it’s just sometimes a bit too much! Enjoy your boy while he can’t answer back!! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Cheryl

    I can't make you feel better because I'm experiencing all of this and my daughter is only two and a half!  I suspect we've got a long way to go yet!!  It feels even more weird because I'm sure my eldest daughter was never as bad as this!  Although perhaps I'm just looking back through rose tinted glasses?!  Thanks for hosting. #TwinklyTuesday.

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    March 1, 2016 at 11:01 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha I think we often look back with rose tinted glasses. Sorry you are going through it so early. Hopefully it’ll end earlier too! x

      March 3, 2016 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Catherine

    Ah, the lovely third year!!  My eldest drove me bonkers with the not listening and the endless questions.  And don't even get me started on the not getting dressed – he's almost nine now and still just as bad for that one, we regularly leave the house (after much fishwife yelling) with him partially dressed and finishing off the job in the car, the neighbours must think we're all barking mad.  Good job we love them so much isn't it!

    March 1, 2016 at 11:38 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha! Sorry, that did make me laugh that you have to finish the getting dressed process in the car! It’s so nice to know that absolutely everyone else has had the endless questions and not listening at the same age! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 8:55 am
  • Reply An imperfect mum (Catie)

    Oh yes, I remember this time very well unfortunately. Good luck and you are right to keep that last quote in min because it will pass… The cuddles are worth it!

    March 1, 2016 at 12:58 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Oh definitely. When I can get them of course! He’s often far too busy! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 8:56 am
  • Reply ali

    So true! my son does the tongue thing when he doesnt want to apologise #twinklytuesdays

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    March 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha that tongue is always hanging out for a variety of reasons! x

      March 3, 2016 at 9:35 am
  • Reply Coombe Mill - Fiona Cambouropoulos

    and it's because of the paragraph at the top that you put your all into answering all the quetions each day! 

    March 1, 2016 at 1:16 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Ahh that’s so true! Even if it does drive me a little bit crazy!

      March 3, 2016 at 9:36 am
  • Reply teacuptoria

    Oh I remember three! A completely adorable but ever so challenging age!!  It was such hard work but I loved it too. They do eat everyting in sight at this age don't they! xx

    March 1, 2016 at 1:57 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      He doesn’t stop. This week he’s even been having breakfast at 6.30 ish followed by more when he gets to nannie’s or nursery! He’s just so hungry! For food and for information haha! x

      March 3, 2016 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Mess and Merlot

    I think we can all identify with this – 3 is a really hard age, and even though both mine are now school age they have the ability to wind me up before we've even mananged to get out the door in the morning!

    March 1, 2016 at 4:35 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha its the worst when you are trying to get out the door on time isn’t it?! It’s nice to know it won’t stop for a while x

      March 3, 2016 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Leanne Cornelius

    Haha bless him, and you! I've heard quite a few people lately complaining that their three-nagers are way worse than what they were in the terrible twos phase!

    Great quote, fingers crossed it will pass quickly 🙂 

     

    #TwinklyTuesday

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    March 1, 2016 at 4:49 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Absolutely. Even if he just reduces the repetition of the questions! Someone mentioned on my Facebook that they hadn’t even heard of the term threenager and then went on to say that it made complete and utter sense! Her daughter is days older than Zach xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:39 am
  • Reply Charlotte

    I know exactly how you feel, and it hasn't gotten much better now that he has ventured into the Fournagers either!! I love him but he drives me insane! especially when he refuses to apologise, he knows he should but he just won't grrr … you are not alone! #TwinklyTuesday

    March 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      It’s always lovely to know we are not alone. There seems to be a lot of standing my ground. This week he’s actually been a little joy. It’s just the odd days that we remember hehe! x

      March 3, 2016 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Life as Mum

    I am going through a really bad stage with my youngest now. She will be 4 on Saturday. But my god she is such hard work but always has been since she was born.

    March 1, 2016 at 5:22 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Oh no, sorry to hear that. It can’t be easy if it’s been a constant thing. I hope that it gets better xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Gemma Nuttall

    Oh good lord, I think I'm yet to find an age where it 'passed'…

    My eldest has just turned 8, I then have a 6 year old and a 1 year old. Every time they hit a birthday milestone I think, this year will be the year it gets easier…and then it doesn't!

    The 8 year old is having teenage like "you're the worst mum ever!!!" strops already, then in the blink of an eye is snuggling with you like he's 4 again. It's so strange. 

    The 6 year old didn't speak until he was 4 so is making up for lost time by talking INSESANTLY until he goes to sleep…and he's often found talking in his sleep too actually…

    And the 1 year old (almost 2) has been sent to destroy me and my sanity. No and go away are standard responses so far…and we've not even hit the realms of the threenager. Lord help me!!!

    Gin. Gin is the answer…

    March 1, 2016 at 6:48 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Oh God you poor thing! That sounds far too much like hard work and I completely agree that gin (or any tipple) is the answer! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:43 am
  • Reply Jennifer

    Oh the "Why" stage — Isn't that fun?! I've resorted to "because" on several occasions, but then he got me with my own comeback "because is a conjunction, ("con-yuck-shun") not an answer". Ack. At least that means he's listening, right? Fully agree with Gemma … Gin is most definitely the answer! 

    March 1, 2016 at 7:43 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Ahahaha clever boy! I just get “that’s not an answer” until I give an answer that he is happy with! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:44 am
  • Reply OneDad2Sons

    Thanks for sharing your threenager experiences. We've got one living in our house. It's like his emotions skipped 10 years and he's become Kevin The Teenager over night. I guess it's all a away for them to express themselves, but it's bloody hard work trying to second guess them/stay calm/nurture them in the right way to over come these strop fests. #TwinklyTuesday

    March 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Oh absolutely. I have to remind myself that he is just little and is learning and developing but in those moments it’s so ruddy hard!

      March 3, 2016 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Sarah Howe

    Jeez babe this sounds like my gremlin and she's not three yet. Not listening, hungry all day, refusing to apologise, won't do as I ask, poking me, grinning. I have snapped more than once recently and feel like a miserable cow but OMG!!! It must be a phase xx Thanks for hosting x

    March 1, 2016 at 8:53 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Oh dear – it’s not easy to get through is it?!! I always think I sound like a right moody mare too!! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Educating Roversi

    Turning his listening ears off made me chuckle – sorry! I wont be laughing when it's me in a years time! #twinklytuesday

    March 1, 2016 at 9:20 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha to be fair it’s hard not to laugh when he does it! It’s always hard not to laugh at his cheekiness!!! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Maddy@writingbubble

    The endless questions sound just like my firstborn who is now going on nine… he still talks all the time! Mind you, though it drives me mad at times, it's actually quite lovely to have a child that talks to you a lot – I get all the gossip from school! It'll be worth it in the end I think! #ftmob

    March 1, 2016 at 9:23 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha that’s so true! It is lovely to have such a talker and he makes so much sense and has such amazing vocabulary that it’s hard not to be proud! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Kiri

    Ah I also thought the threenager stage was pretty annoying. Then I got a five year old. She's like a stroppy teenager, mood swings, the lot. And yes, I absolutely love being a mum, but she has the ability to wind me up within 30 seconds of getting through the door sometimes! 

    March 1, 2016 at 10:05 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha its such a mix of emotions isn’t it? Pure love into pure pissed off in seconds! I look forward to the years ahead haha! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply Mother of 3

    I always thought the three's were the worst; I worked for many years in daycare and we used to laugh over the comlaints of "terrible two's"… two's are easily distractible but three's were always so much tougher.  Of course that meant I thought was prepared for when my own were three but I wasn't.  But you are right it will pass and there will be so much you will about it (and much that you wont!). 

    March 1, 2016 at 10:20 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      I can’t imagine working in daycare with a load of three year olds! I give credit to everyone who does! You are so right though – everyone dreads the terrible twos but it’s definitely the threes and up to be fearful of! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Random Musings

    Oh this sounds so frustrating! Especially the why thing. Everything you can possibly say can lead to another why. It's a good job he's so cute 🙂 Thanks for hosting #TwinklyTuesday

    Debbie

    March 2, 2016 at 1:21 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha its definitely a good job he’s cute! But yes – everything can lead to why! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Robyn

    It sounds like you really have to pick your battles! I can imagine how frustrating any of these things would be, let alone ALL of them. We have yet to even reach the Terrible Twos, but my 16 month of is already pretty stubborn and opinionated, so I'm sure we're in for a fun time too 😉 Good luck getting through the rest of year 3!

    March 2, 2016 at 2:42 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Oh yes, it will come. Zach has always been that way so I was expecting it at some point! But you are right – all three in one go is hard! But thank you – I’ve heard 4 is even worse!! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Oh I totally could have written this – and T isn't even 3 for another couple of months! Every single morning he says "Where are we going today?" And if it's not a plan he approves of or – heaven forbid – we're staying indoors heaven help me! And the "I'm hungry!" is CONSTANT. *sigh* BUT he is super fun too x #twinklytuesday

    March 2, 2016 at 8:05 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Zach also asks where we are going! Even though he totally knows his routine now!! But yes, he is also super fun – they have to be else why would do it?! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Megan - TMK

    Wait til they get to 10 and develop attitide to boot! Feeling your pain! #twinklytuesday 

    March 2, 2016 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Yvonne

    I have twin three-nagers and feel your pain!!!  I can relate to all of this but the questions, jeez that is the worst.  I dont get why, I get 'What is that' all the time.  Including for things that he knows, for example: "what is that" – "thats daddy.  "what is that" – "that is a car".  Drives me mad.  Love them dearly though!!! xxxx #TwinklyTuesday

    March 2, 2016 at 3:33 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha I truly feel for you having double the questions! We went through a what’s that stage too. I was like, oh yay, we skipped why haha! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:19 pm
  • Reply Crummy Mummy

    I'm wondering whether this is a boy thing as BB wasn't like this but I can totally see that Little B will be, and he's only 16 months old! #twinklytuesday

    March 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      It’s interesting isn’t it. I’ve definitely had comments from people with daughters though. It’s the constant hunger that’s the worst. I just don’t know what to give him! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    Oh I can so relate to this Lisa! Threenagers do have lots of lovely moments but those endless questions and  ‘please’s are certainly challenging! I love that Zach wants to phone nannie even when he’s only just left her house though and the flicking off the listening ears made me chuckle (although I can imagine just how infuriating it must be too!)  The determination of small children is quite something, isn’t it?! We still get quite a lot of these with both Sophie and Jessica although Jessica can at least be reasoned with to some extent and has started to learn that when I say “no” in a certain tone, it’s time to stop! Good luck with getting through the threenager stage – as you say, these things will pass eventually! Thanks for linking up to #ftmob

    March 3, 2016 at 12:08 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thank you very much. I think one of the things I find the hardest is him not listening to an explanation. If it’s not his way then it’s not the right way hehe!! xx

      March 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)

    Oh it is good to read this and know we are not alone as Monkey is such a threenager too! Xx

    March 4, 2016 at 6:13 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Haha I love reading stuff and knowing I’m no alone but I love writing stuff and helping others realise they aren’t! x

      March 4, 2016 at 10:21 pm

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