All parents have that moment when they feel their kids might be smarter than they are. If it’s while setting up a video game system or using your new smart phone, they just might be. After all, they’ve grown up with technology. They’re used to it. Should you let them in on the secret? Should you tell your kids they’re smarter than you sometimes?
Chances are, kids already know they’re smarter sometimes.
Some parents are tech savvy. They don’t need technical help from their kids. With others, it’s pretty obvious they have no clue what they’re doing. If you’re one of the latter, you don’t need to say anything. Your kids have helped you clean up your computer, spoken with tech support for you and more. At this point, there’s really nothing you can say but thank you. It’s obvious they know they’re smarter, at least with technology.
Homework help is another parental weakness.
Do you cringe when your kids ask for homework help? They may not be smarter than you. After all, they’re still asking for help. Chances are, they don’t understand it either. Thank goodness for those homework hotlines. Of course, suggesting your kids use them is an admission that you have no idea how to do their work. It also practically guarantees it’s only a matter of time before your kids are smarter than you. Should you tell them? Once again, they’ll figure it out anyway. Sigh….
Why is it so important that you be smarter than your kids?
It’s not. You just think it is. It’s OK if your kids are smarter than you in certain respects. In fact, it’s good for their self esteem. If you want your kids to be a success in today’s world, they’re going to have to learn a few things you never did. Technology is one of those things your kids learned as second nature.
How do you keep that upper hand?
You don’t. Every individual has strengths and weaknesses. You may not be familiar with the things your kids are learning in school. Still, you have something they don’t. You have experience and wisdom. That means they can still come to you with advice about other issues. Being a parent shouldn’t mean being in competition with your kids. Rather than being envious of your kids’ knowledge, brag them up.
Take pride in your smart kids.
Let them teach you what they know. In turn, teach them a little something about old fashioned family values. You may or may not be able to pass on technical savvy to your kids. Does that really matter in the scheme of things? Not as much as teaching them to be caring, responsible members of society. So, chin up parents, even if your kids are smarter than you in certain areas, they still need you to be there for them. Plus, who knows? If you pay attention to them, you just might learn something too.
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