Never mind the terrible twos, some of us still live in fear of what lies ahead when our tots turn three. While tantrums are associated with most two-year-olds, it doesn’t get any easier when it comes to raising three-year-olds. Here are some reasons why three-year-olds can be just as challenging as two-year-olds.
While most two-year-olds need regular afternoon naps, it can be harder to decide what's appropriate amounts of sleep is needed for your three-year-old. Ultimately it’s down to you on what you think is best for your child, but it can be harder to settle down your three-year-old for an afternoon nap.
At two your tot won’t have much to say, but at three, they never stop talking. Along with the constant chatter, comes the constant questioning as well. Most three-year-olds will go through a phase where they will ask “why” to everything. Your tot is showing their inquisitive nature, but it’s easy to run out of answers after a while.
Three-year-olds can go through many food phases as opposed to their two-year-old selves. It can be hard for parents to cater to their tot’s new food desires, whilst ensuring that they still have a balanced and healthy diet as well. Supermarket shopping isn’t easy either. While your two-year-old might not be fully aware of what’s on the supermarket shelves, your three-year-old certainly is.
Two-year-olds are famous for their tantrums, but it doesn’t get any easier once your tot turns three. You won’t be able to reason with them and they will constantly question your disciplinary actions. A three-year-old’s tantrum can be much worse than a two-year-old’s, as they are bigger, stronger and have a louder voice.
While potty training
is never easy at any age, it can be become more difficult once your toddler turns three. It can be harder to manage your tot’s accidents especially, if they’re no longer wearing nappies. Potty training a three-year-old also requires you to drag a potty seat everywhere you go. Your little one can also get more upset about their accidents at three, than they would at two.