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Fayette-Mom: Outsmarted by grade schoolers

Posted March 5, 2012 8:55 p.m. EST

Jennifer Joyner

I knew this day would come. It was inevitable in my mind that this milestone would be reached. One day, I was sure, my children would surpass me in many, if not all, areas of intellect. That’s just the natural order of things, right?

I just didn’t know if would happen when they were in elementary school.

I could try to deny it. I certainly have tried to talk myself out of it over the last several months. But the evidence, it is piling up and I must say, there’s not much of a contest these days.

How many times have I had to google something for their homework, only to have them rattle off the answer without a blink of an eye? (When this happens, I just slide the sheaf of papers I’ve printed out behind my back, all slick like).

What about all those occasions in which my younger child will ask a somewhat simple question (re: what causes waves in the ocean) and I stammer out a pretty lame answer, only to have my second grader (!!!) give a detailed explanation??? (This has happened more often than I care to admit…and my just nodding along and giving praise as both an acknowledgment of my daughter’s smarts and as a way of deflecting attention away from my inadequacies is surely going to be exposed for what it is … sooner rather than later).

And we’re not even going to talk about the kids’ proficiency with all things electronic. My husband and I both struggle to command our smart phones, often taking a couple of days before we have a comfortable grasp of things. Meanwhile, my kindergartner son has the hang of it in two minutes flat. (Although I will say …. I’ve given up being embarrassed by this. It’s way more convenient to embrace it and let my kid handle all my technical needs).

Yes, being a parent in 2012 is enough to make you feel a little dumb … or old …. or dumb and old. Hmpf.

But …. as long as neither of them can tie their shoes ….. I OWN THEM.

Jennifer is a mom of two and WRAL-TV assignment editor in Fayetteville. Her food obsession memoir, “Designated Fat Girl,” came out in 2010. Read more about Jennifer and her book on her website. Find her here on Go Ask Mom on Tuesdays.