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My 3 yr old twins switched personalities at 1 years old. Not everything exactly, but the calm, easy going one is now my Curious George who is always finding trouble. And the one that always bit me the first year and refused to nap or be held by anyone else is now pretty easy going and would rather do what he’s supposed to than go find trouble. Most of the time anyway. Haha.
Have your kids ever done that? Switched personalities or at least swapped characteristics about themselves? It’s the craziest thing!
What’s funny is my Curious George knows himself pretty well, even at 3 years old. When we’re in a hurry we have them take a shower in our bathroom instead of a bath in theirs. Several times I’ve forgotten to take my husband’s shampoo out and they’ve emptied it 🤦🏼♀️. Or I have taken it out and they’ve emptied another bottle of soap. Now when we send them into the shower, Mr. Curious George says “Mom, you forgot to take it out,” and points to the giant shampoo bottle he looooves to pump out and wash down the drain. What a kid! Reminds his mom to child-proof the shower!
It makes me laugh every time. What kind of kid knows his own self control level so well that he asks the temptations be removed instead of getting into trouble!?
He’s also learned the art of asking for “Just one more.” He’s realized if he doesn’t ask for much, just a little bit, just one more, he can often get away with just a little more.
We were warned so many times when the boys were 2 that 3 would probably be harder. I’m not gonna lie, there are some things I don’t like about age 3. The boys have more autonomy so they don’t always like to listen. And it’s more purposeful now. But there are some things I LOVE about age 3.
I love how creative they are! They can think for themselves and they come up with the funniest/craziest ideas. The things they say and do! I shared this little anecdote on my personal facebook page the other day. They crack me up!
Since we’ve given up naps (aaaah) we have been working on having a “quiet time” in their room in the afternoons. Mostly so Mom can have a few minutes of quiet. At age 3 they aren’t super good at spending time alone yet, but I feel like we do have some good days where they play happily together without me for a little while. There have been some disastrous days as well… but I try to forget those 😉
I’ve been picking up kid’s toys on sale for our quiet time adventures. We have a no-electronics policy during quiet time, so I need things to keep their attention. I made a list of them here.
Another things I love about age 3 is being able to give them a small task, and they can do it. Like putting their plates in the sink after a meal, or picking up their dirty laundry. They can also buckle themselves into their carseats now (though sometimes they tell me they don’t remember how).
We definitely have our whiny moments… hours… days… and from what I hear, we always will! Yet we also have so much fun! My 3 year olds are the biggest challenge I’ve ever encountered, and they’re the biggest joy to my heart.