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The big problem with three is the independence thing--they want so badly to be big boys and do things on their own and make their own decisions but they aren't very good at it It is way worse with Bryce than it was with Sterling because Bryce sees Sterling getting to do things and Bryce wants to do it, too, and he is just too little still In a few years I get to do it again with Iz LOL
Mine is Jan 09, not May, but wanted to comment on the 3's thing..... I really like the 3's a ton more so far. I could be wrong but I think in many of the cases 3's are worse if they didn't have all that bad of 2's..... but for many of the kids that had major tantrums as 2's, the 3's can feel a lot better.
In our case, luckily it wasn't often, and went in phases, but in the bad phases he could have some terrible meltdowns that came out of nowhere. At 3's, he has some random defiant behavior but there is a clear difference.... 1) you know why he is upset 2) he is able to handle it better overall 3) the behavior is much less intense and therefore he can turn around a lot easier.
It isn't always easy, because yes, they really want their independence, but I really love the 3's so far, and I am saying that even though he has had his share of defiant moments. :-)