Raising A 3-Year-Old

Raising a 3-year-old can be both a rewarding and challenging experience. It is essential to set boundaries and provide consistent discipline while allowing for exploration and creativity. To nurture a healthy and happy 3-year-old, parents must create a safe, secure, and stimulating environment. It includes providing plenty of attention and love and setting clear expectations and consequences. It is important to remember that 3-year-olds are still learning and exploring the world around them. They are highly curious and need plenty of opportunities to be creative and explore their environment. It is crucial to provide them with age-appropriate toys and activities that help them develop cognitive skills and socialize with other children. Reading aloud to them and engaging them in conversation can also help them learn the language, communication, and problem-solving skills. Additionally, providing positive support and praise is essential when they demonstrate good behaviour. Connecting with your 3-year-old can help build a strong bond and foster a sense of security.

Children are developing their own sense of independence and autonomy at this age, which can lead to power struggles and stubbornness. They may also start expressing their opinions and preferences, which can sometimes clash with their parent’s expectations. These behaviours can be reminiscent of teenagers’ mood swings and defiance.

The term “threenager” is often used to describe a 3-year-old child who exhibits behaviours and attitudes similar to a teenager’s. In addition, this term is often used to describe the challenging and often unpredictable behaviour that can arise as a child reaches the age of three. The term “threenager” is primarily used as a lighthearted way to describe the challenges of parenting a young child.

How to Raise a 3-year-old?

1. Set limits and boundaries: 

Establishing clear boundaries is an integral part of parenting a three-year-old. Explain why certain behaviors are expected and provide positive reinforcement when those behaviours are followed. 

2. Encourage independence: 

As your child grows, it’s important to foster independence. Please encourage your child to do simple tasks such as putting on their clothes, brushing their teeth, and helping with chores. 

3. Provide positive reinforcement: 

Positive reinforcement is a powerful tool for teaching good behaviour. Compliment your child when they do something right, and use rewards or treats to reinforce desired behaviours. 

4. Spend quality time: 

Spend quality time with your kid every day. Read books, play games, and engage in fun and stimulating activities. 

5. Model good behaviour: 

Children learn by example. Model the behaviour that you want your child to emulate, and lead by example. 

6. Teach problem-solving skills: 

Please help your child develop problem-solving skills by teaching them how to think things through. Then, if a problem arises, talk it out and help your child develop solutions. 

7. Promote healthy habits: 

Establish healthy habits such as healthy eating and regular exercise.

a gentle reminder to parents raising a 3-year-old 

1. Patience is critical when raising a 3-year-old. 

Take the time to listen to your child and understand their needs and wants. Children of this age group are still developing and trying to figure out their world. Showing patience and kindness can go a long way in helping your child feel safe and secure. 

2. Encourage your 3-year-old to explore and express themselves. 

This age is a great time to introduce activities like drawing and painting, as they can help children to express their feelings and explore their creativity. Reading is also a great way to help your child learn more about the world and explore new ideas. 

3. Establish routines and rules early to help your 3-year-old learn boundaries. 

Setting consistent expectations and limits can help your child feel secure and understand that they have limitations on their behaviour. Make sure to be firm but fair when enforcing these rules. Encouraging your child to practice self-control and responsibility is essential to their development.

Lastly, Always be patient with yourself. You are also learning and possibly doing this for the first time. It takes work. I have a tiny 3-year-old tornado who I love to bits. But sometimes, he can push all my buttons and test me. But I also know he is a lovely child, and I am more than happy and grateful to be his dad as much as he is my tiny tornado!


Ignatius Deepak Stanley is an experienced business coach, trainer, educational consultant and full time dad. He has worked with several well known corporates before deciding to take time out and be a full time dad to his 3 year old son. Beside being a consultant, he has written and published books. Deepak enjoys riding and driving, reading, writing and travelling.

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