Knowledge can be dangerous for kids

YOU can count on your kids to learn new skills and then use them against you.

When the kids were little you were able to spell our certain words you didn't want them to hear.

Things like L-O-L-L-Y and N-E-E-D-L-E for example.

It didn't take too long before they had cottoned on to that idea, and would listen intently.

Worst of all, when they had worked out the word they would be shouting it from the rooftops, or tell you they wanted one too. (Lollies that is, not needles).

Our kids have also started using marketing tools and advertising slogans against us.

Already conscious of the fact I had a pimple erupting in plain sight on my chin, my eight-year-old asked me if I knew what Proactive was for.

I could tell by the grin on his face (and he by the look on mine) that his message had been conveyed loud and clear.

Mathematics has become another dangerous weapon.

No longer can I convince the kids while shopping that we can't buy something because it costs too much.

Now they add it up for themselves.

They not only know how much things cost looking at the prices, they know that you have more than that in your wallet.

Instead of saying no because something is too expensive I now have to use the term "It is not on special", because, after all, the kids know how much I love a bargain.

My son recently was given a school achievement award for his math skills.

Mind you, the only reason I know this is because I found the certificate at the bottom of his school bag at the end of the school week, covered in leftover lunchbox grot and other unidentifiable objects.

But I know his award was well deserved.

His ability at math has been demonstrated a lot around the home lately, and not just when it comes to counting the money in his wallet.

It was my partner's birthday last week and my son was quick to sort out how many birthday punches he could split with his step-sister so they had half each to dish out. Then he was working out how many years until the birthday boy would turn 50.

It is true that knowledge can be a dangerous thing.

Dangerous to the ego, that is.

Super Mum with Sharyn 0'Neill

Twitter: supermum1972

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