You hear a lot about the Terrible Twos, but hearing about the dreaded "threenager" stage of your toddler's development is the one that will scare you back into birth control. Every person I know with a 3 year old has sufficiently terrified me for when my daughter reaches those ranks in a few months, but I'm also a little excited. Knowing the milestones your toddler reaches by 3 years old will make anyone happy, right? I mean, sure, 3 year olds have total attitudes (so do I), but they are also these incredibly magical little creatures that make life worth living. (Except for the times when they make you cry.)
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said it best — ages 3 and 4 are the "magic years". Your kid is no longer a baby at this point. (OK, OK, they're always your baby.) They are now a tiny little human quoting Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and making up songs about elephants and poop. Everything is amazing, every day is the best, and you are their whole world. As they're gaining their independence, testing boundaries, and trying new things, you may feel like they're ready to jump away from you. But the truth is, you are still the center of their universe. Knowing that, plus all of the little magical capabilities a 3-year-old possesses can make the "year of the threenager" a little easier to bear.
Plus, who can resist these milestones your 3 year old will reach? Although every child is different, these are general milestones, so if you're concerned at all about your own 3 year old, reach out to their pediatrician. Otherwise, enjoy the wacky, funny, lovely, and maddening world of 3-year-old milestones. It's basically Wonderland.