Being three is awesome - getting taller means you can help yourself to what’s on the bench. Getting stronger means you can climb and run and jump and explore new places, even out of mum and dad’s sight. Getting more coordinated means you can ride your bike further, open doors and containers and take your shoes off whenever you want. Getting more words means you can tell people what you want, and what you think of they say no.
Being three is also hard. Sometimes being able to reach the bench means touching something hot or sharp. Running faster sometimes means falling harder. Riding further sometimes means getting lost. And it’s frustrating when you’ve just spent ages getting your shoes and socks off and suddenly you’re told you have to put them back on to head out to the car, or you quietly get that fascinating container open and it gets snatched away. You’re expected to know lots of rules - don’t squash the baby, don’t play with your food, don’t get excited and be too loud, too rough or too bouncy at the “wrong” time.
Being three means you don’t fall asleep so easily anymore, so sometimes you don’t nap in the middle of the day, which is awesome because that means more time to play, but hard because you’re very tired by the end of the day.
Being three is hard because you have lots of intense feelings. Sometimes you can find the words, sometimes you can’t. Sometimes it’s easier to just say no, rather than try something new and scary. And this is good because listening to your gut reaction and saying no is the right choice sometimes. Learning that no means no is important sometimes. But saying no might mean that you miss out on really cool stuff.
A couple of weeks ago, our Wee Monster said no to running in Pee Wees and we let him say no. He was very disappointed when he realized that he wasn’t going to get a Lolly bag afterwards.
This weekend, he watched other kids on little rigs, and he watched other kids climb on their parents rigs. A friend kindly offered the loan of her new rig and we had some practice with it around the campsite. Another friend gave up packing up time to push Wee Monster around on the rig. And gradually he turned the no into a yes himself.
Being tall enough to stand up on his own in the rig is awesome. Being able to race with Mia and daddy against Czar, Bunyip and mummy was pretty awesome too.