The “Threenager” Woes:

Let’s start with the definition:

Threenager – Three-nāj-er (noun):

A 3-year-old child, going on 18 that has emotional outbursts and an attitude of that of a teenager.


I cannot be the only person going through the “Threenager” phase! Whoever came up with “terrible twos” just hadn’t hit the threes yet! My word… it’s tough! My daughter tells me practically every night
don’t talk to me ever again”… haha ok. Insert eye-rolling emoji here.


My friends and I have chatted about this lovely stage in our babes’ lives; one friend said her son tells her “Mommy you’re not my best friend anymore”.   I think it’s cute… to an extent. We definitely have to pick and choose our battles as parents; and honestly, half of the time I walk away (and giggle to myself). I love to see her personality although it can be trying at times.


6 Signs that you have a Threenager:

  1. Nap time… what is this nap time you speak of? No matter how tired they are, they will never ever want to take a nap.
  2. They have selective hearing. Often the voice they hear isn’t yours.
  3. Commanding is an understatement – they are downright bossy!
  4. Glitter shoes anyone? With every-single-outfit.
  5. Independence overload!
  6. ATTITUDE! Expect an outburst or temper tantrum at any given moment.


Thankfully, this phase is just for a season. I feel like I can hear wine glasses clinking around the world as I speak… Mommies unite! I wouldn’t trade my little threenager for the world. I love every stage of this “parenting thing”, trials and all. It’s wild how fast time goes! In a blink of an eye, they will be all grown up and I will probably be longing for those attitude-y, “don’t ever talk to me again” comments.


Can you relate? Do you have a Threenager?  Please tell me I’m not alone!