They spend all day talking back and then randomly crash, because nap time is still king
“They have strong opinions and finally have the verbal skills to let you know what they want,” shares board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist in New York, Miri Rosen, MD. “It’s important to acknowledge their feelings.” It’s all part of how to raise emotionally intelligent children.
You go through countless outfit swaps
You probably didn’t expect to see your child’s entire wardrobe strewn about the floor till at least middle school, but it’s apparently very common for threenager types to spend what seems like forever debating and choosing their best looks. Dr. Rosen explains this as, “They’re beginning to explore their independence more, and that comes with challenges.” Does independent always have to mean wearing several tutus at once with a glittering sweater in a heat wave? With a threenager, possibly yes. (If you have a fussy dresser, here’s how to ease the drama.)