10 Signs You Are Living with a Threenager


My daughter, Lucie, can be the most adorable, loving, polite, and caring child I have ever met. Beware if you cross her, though — you will face the wrath of an age that strikes fear into moms everywhere: threenager-dom! What is a threenager, you ask? It means my daughter’s actual age is three, but she believes she is about to turn thirteen.

Here are some signs to be on the lookout for:

  1. Must change clothes constantly. There’s something wrong with the look of every outfit she tries on and she must get it perfect!
  2. Wants to wear makeup, and lots of it. If you say “no,” she will put it on when you’re not looking in hopes you won’t notice.
  3. Throws a tantrum when she doesn’t get her way — especially when the subject at hand is buying her new shoes.
  4. You have to leave 15 minutes early for everything so she can get into the car and buckle her car seat all by herself.
  5. She asks when she can learn to drive.
  6. She asks when she can have her own debit/credit card.
  7. She responds to your “I” statements with “I don’t care…” in a sing-song voice while rolling her eyes.
  8. She just changed her clothes again and the outfit she has only worn for 30 seconds is put in the dirty laundry pile.
  9. She only wants to eat things that come in individual serving packages, i.e. granola bars, yogurt, squeeze apple sauce, Pop Tarts.
  10. When you say “I love you” to her, she responds, “Of course you do, but I love you more!”

Do you have a threenager? What “charming” behaviors have you experienced lately?

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Barbara Reggio is a wife, mother, and small business owner. She has been married to Jonathan since May 2011, and they are partners in parenting their two children, Lucie (January 2012) and Asher (April 2014). The Reggio family relocated to West Columbia from Long Island, NY in March 2013 when Jonathan accepted a job transfer. She has the best of both worlds working both outside the home at a Customs House Brokerage and running her home based business, Trendy Babywearing. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Maritime Studies from the State University of New York at Maritime College. When she is not working or writing articles for Columbia SC Moms Blog, Barbara enjoys walking at the Riverbanks Zoo with her family, babywearing, reading, singing along to the radio (loudly) in her car, loom knitting, documenting her children's lives with photography, and writing on her personal blog http://www.trendsettermom.com/. Barbara is currently working on her goal of becoming a lifetime member with Weight Watchers.


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