Children of all ages demonstrate unwanted behaviors that are puzzling. They don't always do what good hearted parents wish. Babies cry after they've been fed, changed, stimulated and hugged. Toddlers make messes after you've just cleaned up. Two- and three-year-olds thrive on saying, "No."
Being 3 is tough. You're not a baby anymore, but you're not a big kid yet, either. You're expected to do what you're told, but now you have mind of your own. Uh-oh! Here are 30 times when, for a 3-year-old, the struggle is real.
Before the outburst, I'd told myself I'd stay cool. We were doing what was best for C and that is what mattered. This whole thing was not a value judgment on him or on our parenting. And yet, suddenly, I was the parent who did not want to hear it.