The problem with having smart kids

It’s a familiar scene. Everyone has a chore to do and we’re all working more or less happily. Somehow, little by little everyone pauses and a crowd forms to watch what Mom’s currently doing. I know, I know, it’s how they learn. But it’s so darn inefficient! Division of labor, people! I do what only I can do and you do what you can do. Together we’ll get it all done, simultaneously and quickly and then we can relax and enjoy something more fun.

Today I was getting fed up with all the spectating and I issued a new rule as I put some plastic wrap over a tray of chicken breasts marinating for the grill tonight. “If you decide to watch me instead of working, my job will become your job! I won’t have more than one person taken up by a simple job!”

A few minutes later, I was loading the dishwasher and caught Jireh at it again. “Fine, this is YOUR job!” I stopped what I was doing and stepped back to let her in, only to be met with a fit of giggles.

“Thanks, Mom! That’s what I was trying to get you to do. Now I don’t have to do laundry!”

Touche, Jireh. And what could I do but chuckle and take over her job of folding laundry as she finished up loading the dishwasher?

Guess I’d better plan these “punishments” a bit better in the future.

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3 Responses to The problem with having smart kids

  1. camilla says:

    lololol! your kids are SO stinking smart…I was laughing so hard. Makes you wonder what God has in store for their futures… 🙂

  2. That’s cute Sarah. I have a legalist for a son, so we have to watch what we say all too often or we end up eating a lot of crow!

  3. Katherine Lauer says:

    I thought of you this morning when Mary (2) made a smart comment to me. I had all three kids at the grocery store: John walking, Mary in the cart, and wearing Margaret. Mary kept asking to get out and walk, and I told her, “I can’t handle two kids walking in the store.” Without missing a beat, she replied, “Then John should ride in the cart and I’ll walk!”

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