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    I found 2 and 3 a breeze. Four on the other hand........

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    The part that got me was "absolute mother's dream"!

    I don't doubt there are some lovely placid 3 year olds around, but I dare say the majority of parents will tell you it's a very *ahem* challenging age. I especially noticed this shortly after DS turned 3 - suddenly it was on like donkey kong :/

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    How about

    "Expect him/her to come when asked, put away toys when asked (usually), and generally want to please"

    HAHAHAHAAAAAA

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    At 3 and a half DS learnt he could say 'no' when told to do something, that being compliant wasn't a must,
    that made things interesting.
    Then he started a childcare, where he learns some great new stuff, like he gives us a raspberry every time we say something that he doesn't like, EVERY TIME!!
    He'll be 4 in 3mths so the dream child better show up soon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    I'm personally ignoring all of your comments and taking what Dr Sears says as gospel to get me through the next 2.5 months until DD is 3 and turns into the dream child he speaks of! 😁
    I am finding the article to be spot on. I found the 2's a big pain in the ****. Just before 3 my boy went through a development phase and his speech improved greatly. At that time his behavior did too... Although I had to do a bit of reading and fine tune how hubby and I managed him. The choices thing the article mentions is so true... My boy will refuse to go to the toilet if I ask him. However if I say "would you like to do a big wee or a little wee" he will chose one and then go without any protest... It's a matter of outsmarting them!

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    DS is 3 next month. Compliant no, defiant , strong willed and able to speak his mind, yes.

    Maybe something magic will happen for us in Jsnuary... Not holding my breath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I am finding the article to be spot on. I found the 2's a big pain in the ****. Just before 3 my boy went through a development phase and his speech improved greatly. At that time his behavior did too... Although I had to do a bit of reading and fine tune how hubby and I managed him. The choices thing the article mentions is so true... My boy will refuse to go to the toilet if I ask him. However if I say "would you like to do a big wee or a little wee" he will chose one and then go without any protest... It's a matter of outsmarting them!
    I agree with giving choices, that definitely helps us. Here are your options - you choose.

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    I'm so glad to read this is all normal. I was thinking tonight in the shower that I need to look on BH to see if there are threads on 3 year olds.
    DD was 3 in September and within the last week she has all of a sudden become a terror. She won't listen, discipline no longer scares her and the backchat, my goodness. Hanging out for age 4.

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    Our DD was a nightmare at 3, 2 has nothing on 3 in our case. Now that she's 4.5 she's so much better!

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