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My Threenager Flooded The Bathroom: What A Month

The honest, refreshing, heart-warming parenting blog you've been waiting for... Follow Pamela as she navigates unknown territories as a mom of 3!

Have I mentioned recently that I have a threenager? Cause I most surely do! The most mischievous, boundary pushing, tantrum throwing threenager to ever walk the earth!! Ok, well that may be an overstatement but parents out there who have also suffered the wrath of a threenager get me, right?

For clarification let me just give you my definition of the threenager phase

Threenager: refers to any child, male or female, between the ages of 36 to 48 months old. Defining traits include, and are not limited to, stubbornness, petulance, mood swings, incoherence and plain old boldness!

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In all seriousness now, he has my patience well and truly tested! He's the cutest little fella but my GOD does he wear me! In mid-June we had my nieces birthday party at a local soft play activity centre. As the designated car park was full to capacity we were directed to an overflow area. This had W, my 5-year-old, and J, the threenager in question, wound up like springs! They were beyond petrified they'd miss the party while we were parking "so far away Mammy!" (When in actuality it was less than a minute stroll up the road!)

So we parked up and let the older two out while I got the presents out of the boot and himself took the baby out of the car. We should have heard the silence. We should have been warier but I suppose our guard was down with the kid's excitement of the looming party. Just as I closed the boot I saw W knock something out of J's hand. I began to berate W before I saw what he had knocked: a stone! He had seen J was "drawing shapes" on the side of the car! A wobbly circle, a dodgy triangle, the start of a square...

I think I saw smoke coming out of my husband's ears!!

As if that wasn't bad enough, the following day while W was in school, J had to go to the toilet. He doesn't like an audience, unlike his older brother who would hold court while sitting on the throne if he could, so I told him I'd be up to check on him in a minute which is the usual way of things with our little Mr Independent!

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I got wrapped up just then as B, who was taking his first steps at this stage, fell and hurt his cheek. Grabbing a bag of frozen peas and a wailing infant I made for the stairs but met J en route looking very proud of himself. "I wiped my own self!" he exclaimed with a contagious smile. Sure butter wouldn't melt!

Anyway, himself arrives in the door about ten minutes later on his lunch break. He went straight upstairs and it was then I heard several loud expletives. When he came down he told me there was about an inch or so of water on the bathroom floor! J had left the tap running and flooded the loo. Oh, joy! There is now rather a lot of water damage on our kitchen ceiling!

Don't get me wrong. I do so love this stage too but at the moment it's hard. I feel I can't take my eyes off him for a moment without him getting up to some divilment! As I type this he's currently at his first ever summer camp with his big brother. The camp is in the Montessori he is due to start in September and I'm already seeing slight changes so I'm hoping being at Montessori helps to chill him out just a bit more.

And that has basically been our June. I can't believe W is finished Junior Infants! And B is rapidly approaching his first birthday! I'm in the business of being a mom of 3 for close to a year now and while each day brings its own set of challenges it also brings new adventures.


About the Author

Pamela O'Rourke is a full time wife and mother. She loves to spend her days helping to build her sons' imaginations and shaping them into the men they will someday become. When she has a spare moment or two she enjoys planning the family's next trip to their favourite place on earth, Walt Disney World!

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