Many parents believe that age 2 is worse as children learn to talk. In recent years, studies have shown that age 3 is actually worse than age 2. This is because children are learning more and understand the feeling of happy and sad at age 3. Vocabularies develop and children begin to understand direction, discipline and how things work.
Age 3 Learns how to Express Wants and Feelings
At age 3, a child is able to understand what they want, such as food. When they are fed and told what they are eating at a young age, the child will be able to request what they want. This might mean that you’ll be making them the same breakfast or lunch for a week straight.
Children also learn about feelings and how to express them better by this age. It is important that you work with the child to help them distinguish happy, sad, annoyed, mad and tired. These are the most important for them to master at this age.
Age 3 is more demanding
With toddlers at age 3 being more stable on their feet and gaining new words for their vocabularies every day, they are far more demanding. One of the most common sentence starters you will hear from a 3-year old is “I want”. They will have favorite toys, favorite clothes and other favorite items around the house. If they can’t find them on their own, they will demand that someone else finds it for them.
Age 3 needs more Visual Stimulation
More visual stimulation, that is educational, is needed at this age. Age 3 is where cognitive thinking skills really begin to develop. At age 2, children don’t quite understand concepts yet. They do understand good praise and being scolded and definitely understand the word no. Minimal vocabulary is developed at age 2, in most cases, so visual stimulation with simple toys is ideal for this age as well.
More Possessive of Toys and Belongings
At age 3, it is likely that everything your child touches is magically theirs. This will continue for a couple of years or until they really understand the concept of sharing and giving back what belongs to someone else. This take some explaining and teaching visually for the children to understand. Patience is a virtue here.
In most cases, children at age 3 are rather easy to please. As long as they have snacks that they like to eat, movies or programs that entertain them and toys to play with, they’re fine. The minute the child ends up bored or wants something different, it can seem like the end of the world.
Be as interactive with your toddlers as possible to help them better understand yes, no, maybe and how things are done to prevent a case of the terrible 3s. Each child is different, so you must take this into consideration. Some develop differently than others and never really have a terrible 2s or terrible 3s stage. Some children are just even tempered and easy to please until they become teenagers.