Monday, October 5, 2015

8 Reasons Why A Teenager Is Scarier Than A Threenager

I first heard the word "threenager" while reading a blog post. Apparently, to some, three-year-olds are a lot like teenagers.

Perhaps.

But it's a little different when you have an actual teenager. In my eyes, teenagers are scarier than threenagers. And here is why.




1. Teenagers are bigger.  So they can take you down if they wanted to. Three-year-olds can attack your knees. They do bite, but it's more chilling to see the person you made towering over you--eyes blazing with anger, with red pimples all over their face.



2. Teenagers voices are deeper. When they are upset with you, shouting is terrifying when it's no longer in an adorable chipmunk voice. I'd laugh at my three-year-old when they got upset because it was amusing to hear, "I don't YIKE this!" I don't laugh as much when my teenager booms, "Nothing is going right today!" and the walls are shaking.



3. If teenagers throw a fit in public, people judge. This is because everyone assumes a teenager should have their feelings in check. Newsflash: they don't. If a three-year-old is throwing a fit, some people will throw sympathetic looks towards the parent. Looks that say, "We've all been there. Hang in there." When a teenager does it, people mutter something about juvenile detention facilities.



4. Teenagers want more expensive things. A three-year-old might beg for a plastic Paw Patrol set. A teenager is like, "Can I have the new iPhone?" You might assume that when kids get older that it won't be as expensive--finally, no more toys--but it's not true.



5. Teenagers won't stop eating. You'll watch as they inhale most of a large pizza. A three-year-old will pick at their food. They'll be content with a bag of character fruit snacks. But a teenager will ask for more food, even if they've just eaten ten minutes ago. You'll be amazed when they go, "There's nothing to eat!" You'll say, "But I just went grocery shopping two days ago. There's plenty." You'll open the pantry door and blink with disbelief when you find that everything is gone.



6. The mood of a teenager can change instantly. One second they'll be laughing and you'll think, "This is great!" The next second they'll be wearing a scowl and grumbling something about how "their life is over." Yes, a three-year-old can have terrible mood swings. But again, it's not quite as frightening to hear a chipmunk voice go, "My life is OVER!"


7. Teenagers have a bigger vocabulary so their words can hurt. A three-year-old might go, "You're a poopy-head!" That amuses me. A teenager might write a long letter on how you are ruining their life. They might go on a tirade on how "they didn't ask to be born." A three-year-old will eventually tucker out and be ready for a nap. One hour later, and your teenager might still be ranting.


8. ....or a teenager might fall silent and not speak at all. A three-year-old is rarely quiet. But when a teenager goes quiet, you wonder what's happening. Are they talking with a pedophile online? Are they secretly doing drugs? Drinking? What's happening? What's going on? And all they'll say is, "I'm fine." Are you being bullied? WHAT'S GOING ON? "Fine." A three-year-old will tell you all about their day. "Janie picked her boogers. Parker wants to know if he can paint his cat. Dora found the hidden treasure."


Bottom line? Teenagers are frightening creatures. Sometimes I even wish my teenager could morph into a three-year-old again.



But then I remember how my three-year-old couldn't be left home alone. So I think I'll keep the teenager.

Even if he does scare me sometimes.


59 comments:

  1. I agree 100%. But I'd rather have her semi independent than needing my attention constantly.

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  2. uhh....thanks for scaring me. Now I don't ever want my kids to grow up to be teenagers...like ever. lol.

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  3. I've had my threenagers, but I am terrified of the teen years. Yes, I am scared to death about BOTH of my kids becoming teens. My son because I don't know what to expect and my daughter because I already know she is going to be trouble!

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  4. The tween years are scaring me enough- the teen years are scary to me. Though I don't know, I think the benefits probably outweigh the negatives (like that leaving home alone thing or being potty trained).

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  5. I laughed because I said and did all this as a teenager! Moms of teenagers deserve awards!!

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  6. This is great! My 11 year old is already eating SO much. It scares me. I love that I would be able to leave kids at home alone!

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  7. Hahaha!!! Yup pretty accurate.

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  8. Brilliant post! Teenagers going through puberty are exactly like toddlers - growing too fast, crying/angry. Being the shortest one in the house is weird!

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  9. Haha! You just scared me a little bit there.

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  10. This is my last year of freedom before I have a teenager and a toddler in the home at the same time. ( I was CRAZY for considering to do this! Hindsight is 20/20 as they say. NOT that I'd trade having my daughter!!) I loved this article because it's very true in many ways.

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  11. The emotional roller coaster of a teenager is never fun! I don't envy you.

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  12. As crazy as my three-year-old drives me, I'm terrified of a teenager. I can't even imagine. And they can smell even worse than toddlers!

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  13. Ha, I've never heard the term threenager, but I'd rather deal with a three year old than a teenager... :)

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  14. Hehe this is hilarious!! I don't have kids, but teenagers scare me!! ;)

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  15. Teenagers as well as young 21 year old adults are definitely scary at times - I can totally relate. I miss my babies being babies to be honest. Life was so much easier when they were toddlers and young 5, 6 and 7 year olds. LOL

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  16. Haha! I have one a teenager, a girl. And just you wait, that is a new experience indeed!

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  17. Amber - I hear ya. I look at moms of toddlers in the grocery store and think - oh you are so lucky! You "only" have a crying child. Just wait until that little one is 12 or 13 - just wait. They will have peer pressure influence showing them exactly how to get their way even more so! Ugh - can't we just lock them up in a tower until they are "of age?" It worked for Rapunzel.

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  18. Haha funny and enjoyable post! Mine is sort of in the middle, about to turn 7....he is already girl crazy so I have to say I am a little worried about how he will be ten years from now lol. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  19. Haha, ya, I will take my teenager because I enjoy the independence, but they are definitely not less scary than a toddler! Mine tends to go quiet. I hate quiet. It's worse than screaming sometimes.

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  20. Thank you for the laugh... I totally agree. There is also the factor that we have fewer years left to influence them, and mistakes made now (by them, by us) really and truly count. (Shudders in fear)

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  21. oh no, this makes me scared for my future!

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  22. The food thing scares me the most. My son is only eight and he is already constantly hungry! I'm going to need another job to buy groceries in a few years!

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  23. That's such a good point. Teens are so much like toddlers. And you're right about people not giving them the same leeway as toddlers when they are having a bad day, which is often enough. #SITSSharefest

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  24. My teen is very moody and angry at times. Thankfully he listens to me.

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  25. Teenagers are physically bigger. I can kind of control my preschooler when she throws a fit. Not so much with a teenager who will probably be bigger than me!

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  26. My oldest turns 13 next week and I am SCARED! He's just a little sassy now, but I know what's coming....

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  27. My children are now 18 and 20, and now I wish that they were 3 all over again. The teen years are rough because of the battle of wills. Yes, I love their independence, but I also love the affection of a 3 year old. Maybe I'm just stuck on being nostalgic.

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  28. Oh my goodness yes!! My oldest just turned 18, and she was way scarier than a 3 year old ever thought about being! Not to mention you can put a 3 year old in time out. A teenager you have to take things away from, which makes the whole ordeal that much worse!

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  29. Goodness gracious, I completely I agree! All the kids were challenging when they were around three years old but teenagers...are more than scary. I have been there done that at both ages and I would take the three year old's responses any day!

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  30. Teenagers can be horrifying creatures. They're sort of like the Sour Punch kids. First they're sweet, then they're sour. LOL

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  31. This is hilarious but true! My parents were so afraid on what I will do when I was on my teen years. I know it was tough for them to raise me but I think I am better now and they are happy :)

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  32. Haha I was wondering what you meant by threenager! Teenagers can be very rebellious and talk back, so there's that too.

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  33. What a cute post! You are SO right and I don't have kids, so I never thought about any of those things with teenagers and kids... I loved reading this!

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  34. Threenager and Teenager!! Quite an interesting concept. I certainly prefer threenager to teenager,so adorable.

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  35. Never heard of Threenagers but now I know what it means! People tend to have a negative perception of teenagers but I was definitely a good one! Never talked back and was very quiet!

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  36. Yeah... teenagers are scary aren't they? Plus, "threenagers" are adorable and tiny, so they're much better! Haha!

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  37. I can imagine teenagers can be a handful! It's the first time I've heard of a threenager though!

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  38. As soon as I started reading I had to laugh. This is all too true. The bigger part is definitely on the top of my list.

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  39. May God Bless your family! I was smiling and laughing while reading your post, I never thought of it this way, LOL! :)

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  40. You are right about all these. Number 8 is the scariest because you don't know what's going on in their minds.

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  41. Loved this post, you had me laughing. I would agree that teenagers are a bit scarier then a three year old. I would agree with number 6 about their moods because they can often change in a blink of an eye. They are also very good at giving the silent treatment.

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  42. This sounds very informative!, I have no kids, but I can imagine how tough it is to deal with kids..The 4 point is the scariest as kids demand anything they see..kind of hurts our pockets.

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  43. It can be so hard to parent at any age. It is fun to see some funny takes as well as good info on the subject.

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  44. I currently have a threenager, but MAN am I dreading the actual teenage years! I can only imagine how much I will want to pull my hair out in ten years.

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  45. "Threenager" Huh, that's a new term for me but been there. I don't have a teenager yet so I still yet to experience that. The threenager stage is definitely tough.

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  46. Teenagers have a lot more concerns in life and most of them are emotional, I'm not sure I can handle that yet, so I'm going to enjoy the kids being under 10. I mean, I'm pretty sure my mom almost went crazy when I was a teen.

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  47. I don't have kids so I am just going to take your word for this. however I did watch my 4 year old niece last weekend so if teenagers are scarier then maybe it's a good thing I don't have kids?? HA!

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  48. My son will turn 7yo next week, and I can't believe how time flies! Just a few years more, he'll be a teenager as well. And I can feel the tension already!

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  49. I do not have a teenager but I do have a 3 year old and she is pretty darn scary! I can not even imagine what any of my three kids are going to be like as teenagers.

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  50. LOL I never thought about this but you're kinda right in some areas. 3 years olds are certainly a handful!

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  51. That's true! Teenagers can be scarier than a 3 year old. My son is 8 and in a couple of years he'll be a teenager. Out of selfishness I sometimes hope he'll continue to be my little baby boy!

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  52. I have a teenager and you're right, the mood of a teenager can change instantly and they won't stop eating. LOL. He's been a good teen so far though and I hope he'll continue to be so. :) -Lynndee

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  53. We don't have any teens yet, but I am hoping that we can keep the lines of communication open when we do! I think each stage feels hard, mainly because it is different :-)

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  54. We have a teen at home, however since my Mom is so strict (typical Asian Mom) our voice have no use at home. Mom's word is the law of the land as we always says, hahaha.

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  55. God now am scared, My son is just 19months old and hez already a trouble maker lol. I don't know what he'll be doing at his teens

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  56. This is a great post on the reason why a teenager is scarier than a threenager. It is so true that a teenager acts like a three year old at times. I really never compared them like this but I have to say you are so right. Thanks for sharing these reasons.

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  57. My little one is only 6 but this is so relatable! I'm not looking forward to those teenage years at all haha

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  58. I am so glad my 3 boys are more independent. I would not like to go back to the time when they were younger. Not that they were troublesome it is just more fun now!

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