For us it has been hands down year 3
nectarine / 2115 posts
Three is the WORST
pineapple / 12053 posts
Two was the glory days for my oldest. 3 was the hardest year of my life.
kiwi / 625 posts
@birdofafeather: thank you
pear / 1648 posts
We're less than 2 months into 3 years old but it's already the worst.
persimmon / 1101 posts
Three. I never say anything but am always bitng my tongue when friends complain about their two year olds. Yes, I know all kids are different, but man oh man three is intense!
pomelo / 5084 posts
Ruh roh. My normally easy going son started ahem acting out the last month and I thought it was because we were coming up on two.
wonderful cherry / 21504 posts
Technically 2.5 through 3s. Didn’t help that we went through just a few little changes during that time- baby sister was born, moved, started preschool... but yeah. 4 is only marginally better.
cantaloupe / 6057 posts
Three was the absolute worst for my daughter. And then better and better from there to now! (5.5)
I’m so afraid of my 2yo ds turning 3. He’s already a wild animal so what happens when you add 3yo drama??
pomelo / 5533 posts
Two was fine. Most of 3 was fine. I'd say he hit about 3.75 and woah nelly. Yesterday a friend was over and he was at the top of the stairs just occasionally yell-grunting to make sure we knew he was mad. My friend asked what was wrong and my husband and I both thought for a minute before he just shrugged and said "he's three."
nectarine / 2964 posts
3 was so bad i think i subconsciously repressed it so I can't even quite remember and it was a blur. In fact I agree with @erinbaderin: 1 leading up to 3+ was fine... 3.5-4.5 was pretty bad for us.
nectarine / 2951 posts
For us 3.5 and newly into 4 has been challenging with his moods and emotions. Whoa.
eggplant / 11861 posts
DD will be 3 in Dec and so far 2 has been great
Latley she can be a sass a frass and a full of moods and emotions! So i voted 3 since we are almoat there
kiwi / 728 posts
Oh for SURE 3. Some days I honestly don't even know who this child is. Its been real tough around here lately....
nectarine / 2769 posts
For dd1 - 2’s were a breeze. Almost lost my mind during the threenage year! Finally got better during 4 and I’m looking forward to 5. Worried for dd2 who isn’t 2 yet and already starting to act like dd1 during her 3 year
grapefruit / 4455 posts
I'd say between 2.5-4, maybe 2.5-3.5.
pomegranate / 3980 posts
So far 3 kids in, right before 3 and 3 has been the worst for all of them.
eggplant / 11706 posts
Can I vote 0-1? Seriously though, my oldest was such a difficult baby for me that everything since has been a breeze. She's 4 and change now and honestly just a joy to be around most days.
My second was more challenging from 11 months to 2 years, but has really gotten better lately as her vocabulary develops. So she's pretty great these days too.
pear / 1823 posts
Ugh, three. My 4 1/2 yo is finally out of the nightmare stage but now the second one is coming up on three. She's close both chronologically and emotionally. Not looking forward to it!
grapefruit / 4187 posts
My son has been extremely challenging since the day he was born but 3 is when shiz started to get real and people no longer dismissed it as "oh it's just the age" type of comments. He got kicked out of one school for behavioral issues and we had to start sending him to a special ed preschool just so he could be in school. Our home life also got much worse at 3 since he stopped sleeping past 4am which makes us constantly exhausted and unable to go on any vacations as a family unless we rent out an entire house (since most people don't really care for SCREAMING at 4am). We've been getting him a ton of help and he's also possibly maturing a little so 2 months into age 4 things are slightly better, but yeah 3 was pretty rough lol.
pomelo / 5524 posts
With DS1, 2s were way worse than 3s. He was a little delayed in his language, so 2s were rough because he couldn't quite get out what he wanted to say and acted out instead. Once he hit 3, he was infinitely better, and was potty trained at 3 years, 3 moths. We tried when he was 2.5 to try to get it done before his brother came, and ultimately, it was terrible. So we waited until 3 months after little brother arrived and he got it right away.
Overall, he was just easier to deal with because he could communicate soooo much better.
DS2 just turned 2 and though he's far more verbal, he's got a major 'tude. He is far more mischievous and it's turning into a frustrating year already. I'm hoping he gets better by the time 3 comes along!
pomegranate / 3127 posts
Threes for DS, because as soon as he could talk he started breaking my heart into a million pieces asking me to spend more time with him. Which I couldn't, because I couldn't quit work and as long as I was employed, there were always fires to put out. I think DD will give me a break there, because she loves day care and is more verbal, so we can already talk about how she feels, and why I work, and what we both do when we're apart. Plus the work situation is less crazy. For her, I think the twos will be waaay worse - we're still not quite through with sleep issues, and the tantrums are something ridiculous.
Then again, it can always be worse... maybe when she's three, she'll take a leaf out of her brother's book and decide to throw tantrums about being asked to wash her hands, or wear shoes outside
honeydew / 7504 posts
Yeah, 2 was fine, 3 was bad, and 4 has been... A friend of mine nailed it when she called it the F*ckin Fours. Uuf.
I say this knowing that my son is "easy" compared to many other kids I know. So it makes me absolutely scared out of my MIND for our daughter to hit these ages. Girlfriend is...willfull...to put it nicely. I've joked (to friends, never to her or in her presence) that I'm going to send her to Florida to live with my parents for her teenage years, but maybe I'll send her from 3-5 instead.
honeydew / 7463 posts
I mean, we're only a month into 3 but its already way better than 2.5 to 3 was.
hostess / papaya / 10540 posts
We thought 2 was bad, and then 3 happened...
grapefruit / 4903 posts
2.5-3 was the worst for my oldest. My second is just shy of three, so we'll see!
pomegranate / 3355 posts
Def 3 was worse.
persimmon / 1301 posts
This thread really makes me dread what's going to happen to my child in 6 months when he turns three.
clementine / 903 posts
Oh no, we are only a few months into the two's and DS is pretty good except for the time we sit down to dinner until we sit down to read books. The entire meal and bed time routine is a struggle on a daily basis. Not looking forward to three!
coconut / 8481 posts
Ds is pretty good. But three has been worse then 2. It seems to be worse for girls from what my friends have gone through. My daughter is 1 and is such a demanding little child - I am scarrrrrrrred!
grape / 95 posts
Oh my goodness! We are turning two over here in a week and these last two months have been *SO HARD*. My little man has an iron-strong will and also isn't talking, so he is acting out his frustrations.
I am going to pretend that we will be in the "twos were worse" minority!
grapefruit / 4056 posts
For most of the kiddos I know 3 was WAY worse, BUT I noticed a good number of the girls were WAY worse at 2 than 3! I am hoping this is the case with my DD.
wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts
Oh man! DD is going to be 3 in 2 months and since her 2's has been relatively easy, I feel like 3 is gonna get us!
honeydew / 7232 posts
My 3 year old son was BRUTAL during his 3's... I dread it for my younger son
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