Lessons Learned From Living With A Threenager

It has been a while since I have lived with a threenager – eight years to be exact. I remember likening it to living with a tiny drunk person – no sense of danger or filter on their mouths or behaviour. Other than that, it’s all a bit wooly.

In a few short years I will once again be the proud servant parent of a threenager and so my darling sister has written a lessons learned guide from her time on the frontline of toddlerhood for me and for anyone else about to enter the battlefield…

“Threenager” (n) –  A three year old who acts out, pouts, complains and has the general attitude, angst and mood swings of a teenager.

Hobbies Of A Threenager

  • Saying “NO!”
  • Stickering. (Everywhere but the sticker book)

Mother plays with threenager daugter. She wears stickers on her nose and a back to front sweatshirt

  • Books. In particular, insisting that they read the story to you, even though they can’t read. Also meltdowns if you do try to read the book yourself.
  • Using the expressions “NO Mummy, I know best!” and “Get out of my way Mummy, I’m very busy!”
  • Singing. Freestyle.
  • Making loud and usually obnoxious observations of the world around them. “That man has a VERY fat belly doesn’t he Mummy?”
  • Chasing the family pets around. “They WILL hug me, Mummy!”
  • Eating porridge and if it is not provided, demanding porridge (followed by obligatory meltdown).
  • Saying “NO!” and then running away.
  • Colouring. Anywhere but on paper.
  • Hugging trees


Lessons Learned From Living With A Threenager

  • Silence is not golden. It’s terrifying.
  • Always check a room for signs of art materials before leaving your threenager in it, however unlikely!
  • Leave extra time in any trip for important activities (such as tree hugging).
  • Always have an emergency stash of porridge.
  • The absolute best way to get your threenager’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.
  • Get used to answering questions about your bathroom activities “What’s that string Mummy?” (!!)

The Joys Of Living With A Threenager

  • Everything is new and exciting through their eyes.
  • Endless entertainment.
  • Constantly being surprised, sometimes even in a good way!
  • And of course…



Perhaps you can relate?



Thank you to my lovely sister Becci for being such a good sport and sharing her lessons learned x


  1. Julia
    October 6, 2016 / 21:52

    This is such an entertaining & realistic account!

    • Fi
      October 8, 2016 / 18:41

      It’s hilarious and mortifying in equal measures!! Thanks for reading x
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  2. October 8, 2016 / 08:14

    Ha ha this made me laugh. Especially the stickering and the ‘no’ – my baby just says ‘yeah’ at the mo. My little girl is only 14 months but is a little diva, throwing herself when she doesn’t get what she wants. Of course, each stage is magical. No, really 😉 #fortheloveofblog

    • Fi
      October 8, 2016 / 18:42

      Sophie is the same – she just says “yeah” and nods along bless her. How long do you think that’ll last for? Another month tops I reckon! Eek! Thanks for stopping by and commenting x
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  3. October 8, 2016 / 08:26

    Threeagers are worse than the terrible twos. I hate to say it but roll on 4.

  4. October 8, 2016 / 08:35

    Only yesterday I spent most of the morning with a big peppa pig sticker on my head! This is all very true, my boy is always telling me he’s ‘too busy!’ and he loves bossing me around xx #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • Fi
      October 8, 2016 / 18:46

      I know, that cracked me up too – she has a way with words that’s for sure!! Thanks for reading and commenting xx
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  5. October 8, 2016 / 10:02

    It has been a while since I have been here, but oh I remember it well lol. The stickering isn’t just for threenagers I am afraid. My 11 year old still loves to put stickers from magazines all over the place as they look “cool” lol. Great post.
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    • Fi
      October 8, 2016 / 18:48

      So true! My son likes to sticker everything too! Thanks for commenting Ali x
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  6. October 8, 2016 / 10:19

    This takes me back! #fortheloveofBLOG

  7. Kelly
    October 8, 2016 / 10:22

    Aaaww this has me almost nostalgic for the sticker days!! I think at 8 though the youngest is still a tree hugger!! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Fi
      October 8, 2016 / 18:51

      I think I might still be a tree hugger at *whispers it* nearly 30! Come to think of it, I’m quite partial to some stickering too! Some things just never leave you haha. Thanks for popping by Kelly x
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    • Fi
      October 8, 2016 / 18:54

      So scary! The last time there was silence from this threenager, we discovered blue felt tip pen all over the wallpaper! *face palm* Thanks for popping by Emma x
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  8. October 8, 2016 / 11:38

    This so made me laugh – I’ve just come out the other end and now have a 4 year old – it does get better and he is a lot more rational than when he was 3. Looking back I can see how utterly adorable he was but at the time I was in despair! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  9. October 8, 2016 / 11:49

    Oh my gosh this is fab, the ones about books and silence are the most relatable to me right now! haha #fortheloveofblog
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    • Fi
      October 8, 2016 / 18:57

      Aw thanks so much Claire. Becci will be made up to read all of these lovely comments and know she isn’t the only one! x
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    • Fi
      October 8, 2016 / 19:00

      Haha it’s so true!! Sounds like you’ve learned the hard way too Faye? Thanks for stopping by lovely x
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  10. October 8, 2016 / 14:13

    Oh gosh, I’ve got a lot to look forward to! *hides*

  11. October 8, 2016 / 14:23

    I remember the threenanger years well, in fact they crept into the 4th year too. I always remember the preschool telling me that BB would hunch his shoulders over and stand in that stereotypical kinda teenager way when he didn’t want to do something. He was also really good at slamming doors! Ah the joys I will have this to look forward to in a couple of years again. Xx #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • Fi
      October 8, 2016 / 19:04

      Ha I can totally picture him doing that! My threenager was the same. Fortunately, he morphed back into my little angel once he went to school! Thanks for popping by and commenting x
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  12. October 8, 2016 / 14:41

    I love the part about stickering. I recall being obsessed with stickers as a little girl. I wonder if Peachy will be too. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Fi
      October 8, 2016 / 19:05

      I was too! I put them all over my bedroom walls and I remember my parents were not too impressed. Loved them though! Thanks for reading x
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  13. October 8, 2016 / 15:00

    Ha ha I can so relate mine has been there for a bit, although he’s not 3 until tomorrow. The love of porridge is extreme! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Fi
      October 8, 2016 / 19:07

      Ah so you are well and truly in the thick of it Briony! Sending virtual wine and coffee in whichever order you need it most 😉 Thanks for popping by x
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  14. October 8, 2016 / 15:39

    Oh God all too familiar. I was so unprepared for the threenager experience. Mine is nearly four and I have no idea what to expect next. I never predicted the attitude of a teenager so early in his little life!! I wish mine are porridge. He’s such a fussy eater! #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • Fi
      October 8, 2016 / 19:09

      That’s the thing with children – you never know what’s coming next! My eldest is nearly 11 and constantly surprises me! Thanks for commenting Jaki x
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  15. October 8, 2016 / 16:13

    This is fab! Haha – silence is indeed terrifying. 99.9% of the time it’s danger.
    Very entertaining blog!
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  16. October 8, 2016 / 16:55

    You’re making me really look forward to our threenagers arrival! Only a year and a half to go! 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG
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  17. October 8, 2016 / 16:58

    Great blog really enjoyed reading it. Going to give it a share as well it made me chuckle that much. I have a twonager and am already relating to this. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Fi
      October 8, 2016 / 19:15

      I know she is a little sweetie really 🙂 The threenager force is strong with your little one I think! Haha thanks for stopping by Susie x
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    • Fi
      October 8, 2016 / 19:16

      I’m not sure how to respond to that other than to send all the virtual wine and coffee you can hold! Good luck Kristin! x
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  18. October 8, 2016 / 20:07

    hahaha threenagers sure keep their mummies on their toes, mine is one and I sometimes feel he’s a hand full but most people say wait for the terrible two and when he turns 3#fortheloveofBLOG

  19. October 8, 2016 / 20:25

    Haha love it! Sounds just like my threenager niece. She loves a good sticker too!
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  20. October 8, 2016 / 21:33

    Oh I can so relate! Living the threenager stage at the moment! She can be very entertaining but equally as challenging. And I’ve answered the string question on a couple of occasions….
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  21. October 8, 2016 / 22:05

    I’ve got 3 nephews that are all 3 – this all rings true for them! We gave them temporary tattoos on holiday…… mayhem! #fortheloveofblog
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  22. October 9, 2016 / 03:55

    haha the stickers, they ended up everywhere when my niece came to stay! #fortheloveofblog

  23. October 9, 2016 / 08:11

    This is brilliant! Soooo funny! What’s that string, mummy?!! I loved the ‘silence is not golden, it’s terrifying’ and checking the room for art materials! We need regular updates – I like this a lot! #Fortheloveofblog
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  24. October 9, 2016 / 08:12

    Can I also mention that you should never ever fall into the trap of buying plasters with cartoons or Disney characters on….I’ve never known so many phantom injuries…They end up costing you a fortune!
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  25. October 9, 2016 / 09:52

    Haha yes remember all of these well. You definitely need to add about an hour on to every journey! #fortheloveofblog

  26. October 9, 2016 / 16:40

    Yes, yes, yes and yes!!!!!! and that stickering drives me nuts sometimes. I STILL have stickers to scrape off around the house, and my car. #fortheloveofblog

  27. October 9, 2016 / 20:25

    God, I can totally relate to this! My 3yo told me yesterday “I know everything mummy”!! Love the comment and picture of all the stickers, I once walked into town with a bum covered in minion stickers I didn’t even know they were there! Living with a threenager is challenging, frustrating, hilarious and full of gorgeous cuddles. Love this post, thanks to your sister for sharing! #fortheloveofblog
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  28. October 9, 2016 / 21:01

    Oh yes the stickers, they were everywhere, kinda miss that crazy time!

  29. October 11, 2016 / 21:50

    Ha, my boy was like this too! I’ve it all to come with my girl in a couple of years. Great post, so true and made me laugh! #fortheloveofBLOG

  30. October 15, 2016 / 15:37

    OMG these are threenager classics! Such a good post. Although my threenager hasn’t yet started to hug trees (which I think is pretty cute – she’s just being an earth-kids!) #fortheloveofBLOG
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  31. October 16, 2016 / 07:39

    We are only 6 months clear of the threenager stage and i have another 2 years before we hit it with the next one so i am going to enjoy the time before all hell brakes loose again and im rocking in a corner #fortheloveofBLOG

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