Sunday, July 31, 2011

Smart(ass) Kid

Everyone wants their kid to be smart, I'm no different. Everyday I see in her talents that will one day lead to a successful career; some examples:

  • She'd make a great manager - she bosses us around all the time.
  • A food tester - assuming I can actually get her to taste it.
  • A Wal-Mart Door Greater - Anytime we go shopping she randomly hellos people. She also greets all of her classmates enthusiastically in the mornings, or so I am told.
  • IT Manager - she's really good with computers and has been for more than two years now.

A mischievous smile if I ever saw one... 

I also note a few things she probably won't excel at, like:

  • Babysitter - she carries her doll babies around by their hair. Note: she did not learn this from me. Also, they are always naked. Again, not something taught by mommy.
  • Lifeguard - she refuses to go under water.
  • Anything requiring a lot of patience. Note: I have no patience for this characteristic. I'm certain she got it from her father.

Angie sure is smart though, at least in my opinion. I've never been around small kids much, so I could be wrong, but I doubt it. Let me give you an example.

Last week on the way home from school (which is an hour drive) she tells me "Mom, I need to go potty."

"Can you hold it until we get home?"

"No, but I can hold it until we get to McDonald's..."

"But can you hold it until we get home?"

"Mom, I already told you," she says slowly and distinctly, "I. can. hold. it. until. we. get. to. McDonald's."

Smart ass kid, "but we're not. going. to. McDonald's. Can you hold it until we get home?"

Heavy sigh from the backseat, "yes..."

Mom 1, Angie 0.

She's 4. What's my life going to be like in 10 years??

In other news, I bought the book Monsters Eat Whiny Children, as I said I would. It's very cute and Angie loves it. Probably because it's fun for mommy to read. It's not scary at all.

However, one night when she was trying to delay going to bed (again) she said, "mommy, there's a monster in my closet."

"Honey, as long as you don't whine, the monster won't eat you"

She offered no further resistance and I went on to earn a Top Ten Tweet of the Week from @RubySpikes.

Mom 2, Angie 0

Don't worry though, the score is probably more like Mom 2, Angie 1,274. She certainly keeps me on my toes. For example she peed in my car the week prior to the day mentioned above, without even telling me that she had to go potty! So, the whole McDonald's ploy may have had pre-planning.


  1. I'm convinced that kids now are 10 times smarter than we were at their age. And I was no slouch! But Teddy, who's going into kindergarten, amazes and amuses me every day. Sometimes I think he's going to be a stand-up comedian, sometimes go into IT, sometimes he'll be a teacher (from the way he tries to teach his little brother everything)... it's interesting to see how he'll be in 10 years.

    And thanks for the recommendation for Monsters Eat Whiny Children. I think I need to get that for the Whinemaster General, Teddy. ;)

  2. Thank you for commenting!

    Yes, I think kids are smarter today too. And if you get the book I'm sure you'll get a kick out of it :)

  3. O-M-G this made me laugh, I love the score keeping. And please forgive me, I don't normally share my blog posts while commenting, but I couldn't help this because I kept score a couple years ago... I love this post!!!