When my three year old daughter runs to her room, closes the door and yells “leave me alone, I want to be by myself” I stand dazed with a sort of did that just really happen expression on my face. Because I swear two minutes ago I was dealing with a whiny toddler and now she is behaving like a teenager. A range of

emotions follow, I want to chuckle to myself at how ridiculous the situation is, although Im also feeling slightly annoyed that she closed the door on me. Ahh right, we have waived good bye to the terrible two’s and hello my little Threenager!

She is on her way, figuring out her new found independence and her ability to do everything by herself or so she thinks. It started with making bold fashion statments with strange rules.Then her taste buds took a slight turn, spitting food out was her way of declaring something

is now yucky. My favorite has been the ‘fake’ princess cry. Two hands held to the face, covering her watery eyes as she throws her body onto her bed and weeps dramatically. If there is a mirror on her way she stops to watch herself cry. Emotions are definitely running high and so is the depth of our conversations. The best ones tend to happen while we curl up during bedtime and snuggle. She tells me she is having a feeling and would like to talk about it. My heart sinks as lately her emotions have been exploring fear and anxiety. “Mommy, I feel scared. I love spiders but is there one in my bed? I feel like it is and I don’t want it to bite me. I don’t like this feeling” or ” Mommy, I miss you when you are gone. I just want you. I want you all the time. Please just stay with me” Ouch, she knows how to articulate her feelings so well. I just hold her super tight and try to find the right words. It certainly is a rollercoaster of highs and lows and I am definitely taking the journey with her. I do find it easier to rationalize with her telling me ‘she can do what ever she wants to do, whenever she wants’ than a high pitched scream coming from the floor as she pounds her feet. Her emotions will grow and her questions will get deeper. I am not sure I am ready to explain it all but I know Im good for holding hands and telling her that Ive got her!!


Feature photo by LAUREN MOORE

Main photo cred thanks to my lovely husband

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