I'll likely never have a teenage girl. But I'd be ready for one if I did. When she threw some giant hormonal tantrum or rolled her eyes at me with that look we all perfected at age thirteen, that look that says, You, mother, are dumber than the dirt beneath my feet, I would simply look at her and shake my head. Then I would explain that I'd already parented behavior like that.
My three-year-old sometimes acts like he's at least ten years older than he really is--and that he's also female. So much so that today, at the height of my frustration with him, I pulled his little face close to mine, looked deep into his eyes, and told him to stop acting like a teenage girl.
He has moments where, if I say black, the object in question is most certainly white in his world. If I say sit he wants to stand. If I say no, clearly, the only logical answer is yes. And he has this... tone. I kid you not it's the exact tone I would have when my mother would say, "Don't get that tone with me!" I instruct him to do something and he replies, "Oooookay!" As though, perhaps, he will do as I say but only because he feels like it and not because his mother asked him. Often, he is disinclined to acquiesce to my request. And he lets me know it.
So, tell me, is this a common three-year-old boy thing? Is something wrong in his head? Do I need his estrogen levels tested? I mean, when I had my hormone levels tested back in '04 I had slightly raised testosterone levels so it is possible that my male offspring has extra estrogen. What, you didn't know I had extra testosterone? Yeah. Not something I normally lead with. "Hi. It's so nice to meet you. I have raised levels of testosterone." It's not especially rare. Many females in law, politics and law enforcement have extra T. It's fine. It makes me competitive. Holy cow. I am so off topic.
Back to the question at hand. What the heck is this three-year-old going to be like when he actually is a teenager? Although, to be fair, at least he won't be a teenage girl.