I have 2 daughters, Lena and Sophia. Like all parents, I fanatically love them! But I must say, when they do certain things, I want to figuratively “ring” their neck.
In this writing, I’m going to detail three darnedest things that were done by Sophia. With each one, I’d like to know what you think.
Darnedest thing #1:
Now days, you have to monitor anything Internet-related with your kids. If your kid has a cell phone, or personal laptop computer, you should really monitor their use.
After researching, I installed a security app on both my kid’s cell phones. This app allowed me to monitor websites visited, view apps installed and restrict times cell phone is usable.
Guess what happened? Sophia (10 years old) hacked her cell phone, and removed the security app! On one hand, I was upset. On the other hand, I was impressed with Sophia’s ability to figure that out!
Darnedest thing #2:
Sophia (8 years old) wanted to sell lemonade at her own lemonade stand. As parents, we obliged. We went shopping, and collected all of the relevant ingredients. Over the next 2 months, she sold cups of lemonade, and earned money.
Then one day, Sophia didn’t feel like working the lemonade stand, but still wanted to earn money. Guess what she did? She offered to pay me $1 to work her stand for 2 hours. She figured during that time, she could make $5. With her overhead only being $1, she would still come out ahead at $4.
On one hand, you say to yourself, “She must be out of her mind!” But on the other hand, you’re extremely impressed with her entrepreneurial mindset!
Darnedest thing #3:
Sophia (13 years old) was at her friend’s house. She sent a text message to Erica (her mother) requesting to be picked up. Erica said she couldn’t do it at the moment, as she was busy.
Unbeknownst to Erica, Sophia had activated the tracking feature on her cell phone.
After Erica responded with her text, Sophia then texted a “screen shot” of Erica’s location, and said, “It’s looks like you’re not that far from me. Is it anyway possible you can pick me up sooner?”
At first thought, you may get upset that your kid had the gull to do this. But on second thought, you’re kind of impressed!
Moral to the darnedest stories: allow your kid to be wildly curious, and encourage exploration! By doing so, you’re enabling your kid to tap into their inner brilliance! Do this while being patient, and not getting too upset or offended if the results of your kid’s curiosity or exploration feels intrusive!
This is all part of the process!