I can spot a 3-year-old from a mile away.
The blatant defiance. The haughty confidence. The absolute adorableness, despite those two horrendous flaws. The look of pure stress and frustration on a parent’s face. The tactful negotiations that ensue over even the smallest situations like, “Who’s going to press the elevator button?”
Clearly, the PR campaign for the Terrible Twos was false and simply serving as a distraction and deterrent from you realizing that the Threes are a hell of a lot worse, for there is no one more infuriating, stubborn, or adorable than a 3-year-old. The cojones these children have and their pure drive is almost inspiring — and definitely crazy.
Here are just five things 3-year-olds think they can do versus what they can actually do:
Drive a Car vs. Cut Off Your Toe With a Little Tikes Vehicle
When my daughter was 3, she told me vehemently, “I’m going to get in the car and drive to where I wanna go!”
I laughed (which she did not like) and said, “You go ahead and try,” knowing reaching the pedals wasn’t even a remote possibility. Of course, I didn’t give her the keys.