Why?

TG needed to soak her foot for 20 minutes and had already begun, but I didn’t know how long she had been soaking it.

Me: How many minutes do you have left?
TG: I think I started at 7:22.

*Pause – so she can do the math*

Me: How many minutes do you have left?
TG: It’s 7:30 now.

*Pause – so she can do the math*

Me: How many minutes do you have left?
TG: I’ve been doing it for 8 minutes.

*No pause – because she wasn’t even thinking about doing the math.  Like her father and grandmother, The Girl is a math wizard and most definitely had already figured it out in her head.*

Me: How many minutes do you have left?
TG: 12.
Me: Why did I have to ask you a question more than 3 times before you decided to answer it?
TG: I don’t know.
Me: Yes you do.  Why didn’t you just answer the question that I asked?
TG: I thought you wanted to know how long my foot had been in it.
Me: If that was what I wanted to know, that is what I would have asked.

Why does she think she knows what I want to know more than I do?  Why?

Please tell me this happens to other people, because it happens to me almost daily.  It’s not just me, right?

2 comments

  1. It is most definitely not you. My kids do this to me all the time. Sometimes they even cut me off and answer the question they think I am asking without bothering to hear what I’m actually asking. I’ve also had them get mad at me because they think I actually mean something different from what I said, and what they think I mean is offensive to them.

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