During this stage, children are starting to gain an understanding of right and wrong. They will start testing boundaries and trying to push the limits set by their parents. Parents need to stay consistent with rules and consequences during this stage, while also providing plenty of love and support.
Threenager can be a challenge, but they are also a lot of fun. They are beginning to develop their personality and interests, which can make for some interesting conversations. If you can navigate the Threenager years successfully, you will have a strong foundation for the preteen years to come. Here are some common behaviors to watch for.
1. Trying to become more independent
They are trying to become more independent, both physically and mentally. This can lead to disagreements with parents over things like chores, homework, and bedtime. They may also start testing boundaries, such as asking to stay up later or wearing clothes that are not appropriate for their age. They need to know that parents are still in charge, but they also need to be allowed some level of independence.
2. Expressing their personality
Threenager starting to develop their personality and interests. This can lead to conflicts with parents if the child wants to do something that the parents don’t approve of or vice versa. Parents need to listen to their children and try to understand their perspective, even if they don’t agree with it. They should also allow their children to express themselves, within reasonable limits.
3. Being more emotional
Threenager, are more emotional than toddlers and preteens. This can lead to meltdowns over things that wouldn’t bother them before. Parents need to be patient and understanding during these moments. They should also avoid getting into power struggles, as this will only aggravate the situation. Threenager needs consistency, love, and guidance during this stage of development. With patience and understanding, parents can help their Threenager navigate these challenging years successfully.
4. Having strong opinions
Threenager, starting to form strong opinions about things, which can lead to heated debates with parents. They may disagree with parents on religious or political topics, or on anything else that is important to them. Parents need to listen to their children and respect their opinions, even if they don’t agree with them.
5. Developing new interests
Threenager, starting to develop their own interests, which can range from activities like sports and music to hobbies like collecting things or writing. Parents need to support their children in whatever they are interested in, within reasonable limits. They should also be willing to have conversations about these interests and help foster a love of learning in their children.
6. Acting more like preteens
Threenager, starting to act more like preteens, which can include things like wanting more privacy, wanting to stay up later, and becoming more interested in boys or girls. Parents need to stay consistent with the rules and boundaries that they have set. They should also be prepared for their children to start asking about things like dating and sex.
7. Becoming more curious
Threenager, becoming more curious about the world around them. This can lead to them asking lots of questions, both about things they are curious about and things that they are not. Parents need to answer their children’s questions honestly, even if they don’t have all the answers. They should also be open to talking about difficult topics, like death and divorce.
8. Experiencing new emotions
Threenager, experiencing new emotions, such as jealousy, sadness, and anxiety. These emotions can be difficult for them to deal with and can often result in meltdowns. Parents need to be supportive and understanding during these moments. They should also avoid getting into power struggles, as this will only aggravate the situation. Threenager needs consistency, love, and guidance during this stage of development. With patience and understanding, parents can help their Threenager navigate these challenging years successfully.