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

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I was talking to a friend yesterday whose daughter is turning 3 over the weekend. "I'm so glad that things will be getting easier now," she exclaimed. "Goodbye terrible twos!!"

I snorted to myself. Terrible twos? She thought those were bad? Ha. I didn't have the heart to tell her the truth, but I'll share it with you. If you think 2 is terrible, put your seatbelt on because 3 is infinitey worse. Get ready!

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.


Good luck with your 3-year-old!


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linzemae linzemae

My 2 godsons were much more naughty at ages 3-4

sassy... sassykat122

Oh dear heavens my boy pitched a tantrum a week after his third birthday that checkers at the other end of walmart heard. Started name calling and shrieking. Its like a switch flipped on his third birthday!

Todd Vrancic

At three, they are bigger and more difficult to handle than when they were two.  But at least we are, for the majority of adults, still bigger than they are.  Now when they are teens, watch our.

Todd Vrancic

Oops, the last word should be out.

prinz... prinzesa_edith

yes, omg, yes, 3 is the worst. loved the article!

Lilia920 Lilia920

My son turned 3 this past weekend. Half the stuff on the list he did at 2. So I'm hoping 3 will be slightly better. Ugh 2 was terrible if 3 is worse I'm screwed!

nonmember avatar Heather

I think that might have just been your so. At age two that was that easy. Because everything you said at age three is my two year old now. She may not be able to talk more than 20 words but she uses those and doesn't shut up with them.

Shana Kelly

Funny, and TRUE!  Great article!   Now give us one about teenage girls and how horrible they can be..... 

BeckyP. BeckyP.

Completely agree. My son turned 3 in February and a switch was flipped; so much worse than 2's!

austi... austinsmama1106

My daughter is 2 (3 in June) and does half of this now.

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