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What Do You Do When Your Kid Is Smarter Than You Are?

I still have a little one at home who believes in Santa.

For one reason or another she procrastinated going to see him until today.

This morning she woke up very upset.  She had been thinking.  "Isn't it Christmas now on the other side of the world?"

(I have to say, the International Date Line would NEVER have occurred to me as a child... curses geography class!)

"Yes," I said, "it is."

"Then there's no point in going to the mall to see Santa.  He is not there today."

"But there will be a helper there."

"He is an impostor.  I only want to speak to Santa."

Okay!  Think quick.  What do you do?  You are free to help me at the end of this post!

Thinking I am very quick I said, "Santa understands that some children have the holiday tradition of seeing him on Christmas Eve.  So the helpers at the malls are all special helpers that have the ability to communicate with him after the children talk to them."

She isn't buying it.  "Then how does he make what they ask for?"

This kid is far smarter than I was at that age.

This kid is far smarter than I am at this age!!

What do you do when your kid is smarter than you are?

Any ideas?

Quick?

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 13 commentsJay Markanich • December 24 2008 10:15AM

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Hey Jay,

Too darn funny! Sorry I don't have anything to offer, don't think I could keep up with this kid...Good luck Dad.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) about 9 years ago

That is really funny. Kids are pretty sharp.

Posted by Steven Wright, CRS - Home Real Estate - 720-989-5283 (Home Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Kids are very intelligent.  Never under estimate the power of their thoughts!

Posted by Goodbye Active Rain, Out of Real Estate about 9 years ago

Lynda, Steven and Tony - yeah, this is a good one.  "This is one fine pickle you've gotten us into..."  (Hardy to Stanley)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

I know what you mean-my daughter has finally turned the age when believing is soon to fade.  Good luck and Happy Holiday's.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) about 9 years ago

Thanks Pat!  It's tough on the margin...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay, I have two that are young enough to believe. The older one is showing signs of doubt. Next Christmas should be interesting. My advice, PUNT!

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 9 years ago

Kids think differently and sometime, they might really outsmart adults. How old is the little one? I guess it is just time to know the truth.

Posted by real estate real estate about 9 years ago

James - I did!  We went to the movies!

Huiting - Santa is the truth!  It is ME!!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay, at every stage my kids always proved smarter than me----it is best just to flat out lie:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Charles - I punted.  She did not want to go to the mall.  I told her that if Santa knows whether she has been naughty or nice, he also knows what she wants for Christmas.  We went to the moves!*

All the other kids are bigger, and smarter, than I...  and no longer home.  This one is a late arrival bouquet.

* "Bolt" is great, by the way.  My favorite character - Rhino... he's the hamster in the round, plastic ball.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Scary isn't it.  Now I've even got grandkids smarter than me.  It just keeps getting more challenging all the time.  Happy Holidays.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) about 9 years ago

Jack - That's where I turn for IT services... Have a merry, merry!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

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