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Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Threatening Threes

Sophia is three, going on 38.  Which would make her older than me.  Or so she thinks, anyway.

She is in this sometimes humorous, sometimes annoying, sometimes downright vexing stage of threatening me when I do something she doesn't approve of.  Usually something involving not catering to her every whim. Every threat is accompanied by a protruding lower lip, angrily folded arms and a stamped foot.

Some recent gems:

Our library books were due, and since we were going to be downtown, I began gathering them all up to return.  When I got to her room, she freaked out that I was "taking away" her precious frog and Cinderella and Care Bears books that she had chosen this time around.

And she threatened me with, "I goning to call Mamah and tell her to buy me my Cinderella book because YOU takeded dem away and YOU won't let me have books!"

*****

She'd watched her movie quota for the day, and I wouldn't let her watch again.  Even if it was A Charlie Brown Christmas.

And she threatened me with, "I goning to tell Daddy that you hate me!"

*****


And then there are the general threats that I thought weren't going to appear in her vocabulary until she was at least 12 or 13.

"Don't talka me EVER again!"

"I hate you!"

And my personal favorite, "I don't like you anymore, Mommy!"  When I pretended to cry that she didn't love me she said, "No! I still love you but I JEST DON'T LIKE YOU!" 

Allrighty then.

26 comments :

  1. Phew! At least she loves you. Who wants to be liked, anyway?

    What a little punk. (this is a term of endearment in our house, in case it's not in yours)

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  2. Oh boy! I am not lookign forward to that! Perhaps maybe she is getting it all out of her system before she hits her teens.

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  3. The good news is that at 3, it's still cute when they do that stuff. I've heard some similar statements in my house in the past. Sadly, I heard one of those last week and my kids are way too old for it to be cute anymore!

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  4. What a little attitude she has already! LOL... it's cute now but what will she be like in a few more years? Hold on, look out, enjoy, and hopefully you will make it through! She has a pretty vocab.

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  5. Well, the opposite of love is apathy, so at least she only hates you.

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  6. I remember when my oldest hit that age and I told my mother "I can't wait for her to be older because parenting won't be so hard!" Yeah, NOT! Enjoy those fits because in another eight years it will be all of that and in a much more advanced vernacular.

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  7. Wow! Our third sounds remarkably similar!

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  8. I think Zoie was four when she started telling me that I was ruining her life.

    Good times.

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  9. Discipline=hate...good to know. My personal favorite is Don't talka me EVER again!

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  10. AHHAHAHAH!!! OH MAN! I just KNOW we're headed in the same vein with Savvy. She does plenty that is cute for a while, and then vexing, like you say, after that....

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  11. Love the threat to call Grandma. Classic stuff:)

    All the same-it's never fun when a child says they hate you. Even if they don't quite get the full effect. I could live without ever hearing that again and be happy.

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  12. That last one is my FAVORITE! I especially love it when Tyler threatens me with stuff like: Fine! I'm going to bed!...as if that's a punishment for ME!

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  13. I think you and I should let our three-year old third-child girls get together for a playdate sometime and then just put on our helmets and watch the show.

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  14. Our youngest, Zack, is 2 1/2. His most recent phrase is, "I hate you." Don't know where he learned it. Wish he'd unlearn it.

    My favorite phrase to hear from him? "My love you, mama."

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  15. She IS figuring these things out at a young age, isn't she? The cute little stinker :)

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  16. Typical woman. A wordie. If she was a boy, she would have just hit something ... :}

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  17. Having my son first I had NO IDEA what I was up against. Things that would NEVER occur to him to say and he's 8, my daughter has somehow learned and perfected at 2.

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  18. Hey there! I'm blogger stalking ya from MMB :)

    Your three year old sounds like my four year old...and six year old...and nine year old...sigh. My 2 year old doesn't say much, but he acts like his sisters, screams, folds his arms, and stalks down the hall. Today he progressed and slammed the door. Awww....

    I really need to start handing out drama awards, because he would have won against his sister's competition!

    Good luck to you! I find that the three's is harder than the terrible two's!

    I'm now a follower! :)

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  19. she and laci must have been made from the same mold. i always get a crack up reading about sophia - not that i don't like reading about your other children, too -but, because she and laci are sooo similar!

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  20. I'm listening to your Messiah performance and loving it. I've sung several pieces from it over the years and this is making me regret not finding a local choir to sing with this season.

    It sounds like your three year old would get along just great with my own. Full of "vitality" and threats of grandma.

    --I'm here because I've seen you commenting several places and you sound like someone I'd enjoy. And I just saw your comment at Rachel Sue's saying that you do just this, so here I am. It's lovely over here!

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  21. I think 3 is a horribly hard age with little girls!!!!

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  22. My niece is going through this right now (she's turning 3 tomorrow) and I'm kind of shocked. Where did that sweet little angel go? She sometimes peeks out from behind the horns but I think she chucked the halo at her little sisters.

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  23. Terrible threes is my motto. Way worse than two for attitude. Four is much better for Gabe.

    Are we surprised that Lil' Miss was going to be a spunky one?

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  24. OH MY GOSH -- Sadie has uttered every single one of those things to me. I love the "I'm going to call Grandma" thing they pull. Who knew 3rds could be so manipulative.

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  25. I'm laughing and feeling sad for you at the same time. Oh man!! Sounds like a three year old for sure!

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