Anyone else notice a big change in behavior since they've turned 3?

Elizabeth - posted on 11/06/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )




Maybe I should speak too soon but I love that my daughter is more imaginative and independent. I love how her vocabulary is building so fast now. This behavior didn't magically start on her third birthday but it was pretty close.

What changes have you noticed?


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Rebecca - posted on 01/10/2011




oh yes he is hateful and indepent he has to do everything and screams if he can't do it wakes up crying when he wakes up alone

Alana - posted on 01/05/2011




Yeah...I thought it was my imagination but it was very close to my kids birthday that the tantrams went way down to almost non existant. They used to fight going to sleep at night and for naps and are now almost asking to go to bed and have naps. We have not changed any of our methods in raising them but they made a HUGE turn for the better!

Kirsty - posted on 12/28/2010




cjs speech has come on so much - hes using more words,more sentences.he is delayed with his speech so its lovely to hear him!he surprised me at his last nursery session before the christmas break began,he went into the office where his nursery manager was and said 'merry christmas' with no prompting.i was also unaware that he could say the greeting

his behaviour has just improved tenfold as well - he used to have a lot of tantrums (i think connected to his lack of communication) but these have dropped off since his speech has improved

the biggest thing was his refusal to walk anywhere.he is now nearly out of the pushchair,only going in it if i have to walk into town,if i have a lot to buy (i cant quite manage shopping and him yet!) or if i know im going to be out late and hell need it

his attention span hs improved as well - i no longer have to change activities every 10 minutes or so and i know that if i HAVE to do something (like wash up some plates so i can make dinner) then i can leave him with a colouring book or the tv and he wont be off in some distant part of the house wreaking havoc lol

Juana - posted on 11/29/2010




Well, I have noticed my daughter Emma has become a little sassy. She was so well-behaved & used her manners, I always got compliments since she was so young. But now she is getting sassy, and whining for no reason. I think maybe it's the age?

Justine - posted on 11/25/2010




I've also notice this in my recently turned 3 year old twins - only along with the increased imagination and independence, which is fantastic (they now play cute little 'let's pretend' games together, which is really cute!) - they have also started being a lot more naughty! Has anyone else found this? Whereas before pretty much if I said no they stopped doing something, now they are constantly testing their boundaries and seeing what they can get away with, and deliberately doing things that they know annoy me (like saying 'yuk' when given their dinner .... grrrrrrr!) - anyone else also having the negative side of increased independence like this???

Danielle - posted on 11/20/2010




My daughter has become steadily more independent lately. She wants to brush her own hair, dress herself, help cook dinner, picks up her own toys when asked, and loves to "read" books. Her imagination is growing and she loves to sing and color now too. Her temper is also starting to show though. The youngest of 5 she is still Queen B at our house and has no problem giving out orders. She is constantly heard telling the other kids "sshhhh you're hurting my ears" and things like that. I really love the fact that she still likes to cuddle and give hugs. It is just so wonderful watching them grow.

Catherine - posted on 11/19/2010




it is like my son just snapped out of the terrible 2's and back to. a happy child. he was 3 on the 6th October Nd we have had a great month. yesterday he was sat in my washing basket in the front room and while he was 'sailing the sea' he grabbed me and said look out mummy the pirates will get you. it was so cute. its like you said just like the imagination suddenly appeared!

Sara - posted on 11/12/2010




oh yes, i thought the terrible 2s were son now throw tantrums where he gets violent he will throw stuff at you, whatever he can get his hands on. He will also hit anything within his reach. when i go to put him in his room or the time out chair he starts screaming like somone is really hurting him and then he will break down and start crying.

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