Freeform Katia

April 28, 2008

if this is what being 3 is all about…

Filed under: maja — Tags: , , — freeformkatia @ 9:37 am

… I’ll take it. For the past 3 days we have had nary a temper tantrum. I am in heaven. And it’s not that there weren’t any opportunities for temper tantrums. There were plenty, but for whatever reason Richard and I were able to reason through a situation with Maja. The real breakthough, though, was when Maja reasoned through a situation all by herself. Be.Still.My.Heart. Here’s how it went:

Me: Maja, why don’t you pick out some books for us to read on the couch and I’ll get your milk.

Maja: I want to help you. I want to pour the milk.

Me: Ok, you can help. Let’s go to the kitchen.

[I got the milk out and poured it without her help. Before I fully realized what I had just done…̲]

Maja: Mom! I wanted to help! Oh, that’s ok I guess, I can pour my milk tomorrow with this big jug.

Please note: a few weeks ago Maja would have had a complete meltdown, an on-the-floor crying fit. Yesterday she did not. I want to know what alien took my child and replaced it with this agreeable 3-year-old. I have to remind you, that I have accused aliens of taking my agreeable child in the past and replacing it with the disagreeable one. I think they’ve returned her. Phew. It’s only been 20 months.

To further my point:

  • Maja has with my urging, taken to getting up out of bed by herself in the mornings instead of lying there screaming and crying until someone comes and gets her. She did it for the first time on Saturday morning and it was awesome as she came downstairs proud as punch with herself and a big smile on her face.
  • Maja was an angel at the dinner table yesterday. She ate pizza and then even had some taco: complete with seasoned ground beef, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream. We worked on table manners: “can you please pass me the xxxx” and she had a great time with it!

I hope this continues!



  1. When 3 is good, it’s very very good!

    Comment by Lynette — April 28, 2008 @ 9:58 am

  2. indeed 3 can be very very good, then comes 4. I’d take a herd of 2 year olds over one 4 year old. enjoy it while you can!

    Comment by Toby — April 28, 2008 @ 10:58 am

  3. I have heard that ‘3’s are worse than ‘2’s despite the old wives tale of ‘Terrible 2’s’. I’m glad to hear that Maja is growing out of the tantrums.

    Comment by knittedgems — April 28, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

  4. I laughed out loud at you pouring the jug without thinking – we just can’t help (as adults) “getting things done”. That was wonderfully mature of Maja to let you off the hook. Great post!

    Comment by psychmum — April 28, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

  5. A couple days ago i started a little missive about having three teens and how they turned downright human when they hit their twenties. However, in the middle I had to do something and I lost it all and my train of thought which only goes to prove that the senior years are not that great either. Anyway, you did not need to know what I was telling you. You will have your own experience and that is as it should be. Each age has it’s joys and it’s trials. Enjoy the joys. Bear the trials. Live your life.

    Comment by Marg Christenson — April 29, 2008 @ 10:09 am

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