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3-Year-Olds Are Much More Terrible Than 2-Year-Olds

1. At 2, they can barely talk.

At 3, they never shut the hell up.

2. At 2, they cry.

At 3, they throw temper tantrums so epic, you become convinced that they are possessed by the devil.

3. At 2, they're happy to eat anything you present to them.

At 3, they eat only three foods (usually consisting of a starch and processed cheese).

4. At 2, baths are a 10-minute event, the result of which is a clean child.

At 3, baths take over an hour and result in a drenched bathroom, sopping wet mommy, and 16 used towels.

5. At 2, they wear diapers that can be changed on your watch.

At 3, they're potty trained and the world revolves around their bladders and bowels.

6. At 2, they are distracted by a box of Gerber Puffs at the grocery store.

At 3, they want to dictate your entire food list.

7. At 2, they let you dress them, looking innocent and adorable.

At 3, they insist on picking out their clothes, looking like pint-sized versions of mental institution inhabitants.

8. At 2, they don't like to get dirty.

At 3, they thrive on it.

9. At 2, you can do things for them, saving infinite amounts of time.

At 3, they must do everything by themselves, taking FOREVER.

10. At 2, manipulation is the last thing on their minds.

At 3, they own you. And they know it.

Feel free to add more! Number 7 is my favorite because that is so my 3 yr old DS right now. 


Asked by LostSoul88 at 9:56 AM on Mar. 13, 2013 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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Answers (17)
  • These are true! I could add that at 3 the parents have to watch what they say because it can get repeated.

    Answer by Bmat at 10:27 AM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • LOL yes.

    4 isn't always that much better.


    Answer by Ginger0104 at 10:16 AM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • Goodness this is so true! Terrible 2's are a myth! #9 is the biggest thing at our house right now.

    Answer by hootie826 at 10:42 AM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • im finding my DD (4) gets worse every year she gets older haha. but yeah, these are great and soooo true!

    Answer by okmanders at 10:45 AM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • My youngest is 4 and she has suddenly decided that SHE will pick out her own clothes. I've gotten to the point that I hide one dress in the laundry room for a couple of weeks or she would wear it every Sunday and she has a closet full of dresses!

    Answer by baconbits at 11:12 AM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • Three-year-olds are professional two-year-olds.

    Answer by Ballad at 11:38 AM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • All true!

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 10:06 AM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • Mine were both worse at 3 than they were at 2

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 10:29 AM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • Yep definitely so very true! But as my son is almost 4 i'm noticing a lot of those things he's grown out of (THANKFULLY) or he's changed them into an older child's wants/manipulations :P Oh how I miss those cute toddler days though when they barely talked and let you dress them in cute little outfits :( lol

    Answer by DreainCO at 11:10 AM on Mar. 13, 2013

  • True! But, I love my little 3 yr old. She's sick right now. :(

    Answer by 3libras at 11:24 AM on Mar. 13, 2013