Today my three-year-old screamed at me because he dropped his toy on the floor of the van and I wasn’t able to get it for him while I was driving us to our destination.
Yesterday my three-year-old screamed at me because he woke up on his own and came out to the living room and how dare I look at him and say “good morning!”
Last week, my three-year-old screamed because…. well because he’s three.
Three-year-olds are hard.
Like, really, really hard.
They are irrational. They cry All. The. Time. They are emotional. They have so many opinions about every single thing in their universe. They are dramatic. Did I mention that they are emotional?!
I have lived through and survived parenting a three-year-old over the last year. And now I have entered the “threenager” stage again as my middle child just turned three a few weeks ago. Even though I’ve done it once, I’m still learning how to handle three-year-olds for a second time around.
While I’ve been a parent for four years now I am still learning and growing in my parenting journey. I don’t know it all. I am not perfect and am constantly on the lookout for ways I can be a better mom to these little guys.
One simple tool that has helped me? A weekly email. An email! It has truly helped me break down the simple tantrums I face day in and day out with a fresh idea of how to handle it better. I signed up for Boys Town’s weekly parenting emails to help me on this journey of parenting toddlers and managing tantrums. They offer simple resources and tips for how to face those hard-to-handle moments of tears and frustration. I’m excited to see what I can learn in the coming weeks from them!
The best part is Boys Town provides a slew of other weekly email series for any walk of parenthood you may be in: Teen Discipline, Potty Training, Kids and Technology — so many to choose from! It’s super easy to sign up and may help you face your daily parenting struggle with a fresh idea.
And while three-year-olds are SO HARD — they are also really so, so amazing. They are fiercely independent. They are creative and enthusiastic. They are fun and always willing to try something new with you. They love so hard. And they will always keep you on your toes.
Parenting toddlers seems to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it is simultaneously the BEST thing I’ve ever done as well.
So today, my three-year-old screamed at me over something silly, but then 5 minutes later he came in for a sweet snuggle and said “love you momma”. So yeah, I’d call that a #parentingwin.
And who doesn’t LOVE a solid #parentingwin?!
Check out Boys Town to sign up for a weekly email to help YOU parent easier and better. It’s free and so easy to sign up! They have a ton of resources they want to provide you to make life a little bit sweeter with all the tiny humans in your life.
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