My Children Think I’m Stupid

"Hi. My name is Mom, and my kids think I'm stupid."

I’ve always prided myself on being at least moderately intelligent.

I’m not talking about Mensa candidate intelligent, I’m talking about the kind of intelligent whereby people don’t meet me and think, “wow.  she’s stupid”.

Yet, my children; my spawn whom I’ve lovingly basically given my life for, really believe I’m stupid.

If you asked them if their mother was stupid I’m sure they would say “no”, yet there has to be something to that saying “actions speak louder than words“.

I’m not quite sure WHY they have drawn this conclusion, but drawn it they have.

I mean, when they do stupid things, I call them on it.  Maybe they just don’t get the whole “if/then” logic.  If they did, then surely they would conclude that IF mom nails me every time I do something that leaves her shaking her head wondering what planet I’m from, THEN she might not be as stupid as I believe.

But no.

Evidence piles up daily as to their thoughts.

Just today Jacob told John not to “tell mom” that he was sticking a play sword in my hair.

Now.  If the said child is sitting within arms reach of me (he’d have to be to be sticking a sword in my hair), you’d think I’d be able to hear him right?  And you’d think that I’d be able to, OH, feel a sword being jabbed into my hair.

BUT, he doesn’t believe I can.

Because he thinks I’m stupid.

That’s the only explanation.

Don’t make me bore you with more examples, please.

I just don’t understand.

Maybe there is more to this than I originally thought.

I’m playing along with Cecily’s Photo Story Friday and Lolli’s Give me your best shot.  Because Really, even if it’s far from my best shot, I always love to play along.  🙂

*I’m giving away a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble and a set of Calphelon Skillets this week.

About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


  1. and you’re so not alone! there’s such a short time in their lives where they think you know everything, and then it’s all downhill from there!!!
    .-= scrappysue´s last blog ..photostory friday: golden years =-.

  2. My daughter’s favorite line? “Mommy, could you go out of the room so I can [break this rule]?” Um, no, dear. But good try.
    .-= Stacia´s last blog ..A Mother’s Intuition =-.

  3. Haha! My 12 and 15 year olds definitely think I’m stupid. They have really forgotten the fact that I was a kid once and know all their tricks. Crazy kids!
    Thanks for stopping by and linking your WW post up the other day! Have a great weekend Angie!

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud
    .-= Kristi {at} Live and Love…Out Loud´s last blog ..Fussy Baby, Weekend Blog Plans & Exciting News =-.

  4. kids are hilarious. mine think i like my face being malled with their hands while i’m on the phone, plus they think i’m stupid too. but daddy is a genius. 🙂

  5. I don’t think they believe we are stupid…they just don’t have enough experience on the planet to know where the line is so they have to push it:-)

  6. Laurie Johnson says

    Boy I wish I could meet those two. Well, the story was worth the wait. Thanks for the laugh..I am still chuckling.:) by the way yours think you are studpid..mine think I am deaf. one ring of the phone, even if I am on my way to pick it up and they yell” phone’s ringing!”. 🙂 What would we do without them?:) thanks again.

  7. Laurie Johnson says

    okay…you may have to hand the title to me! so embarassed…I just noticed I spelled stupid, studpid. I promise my fingers got away from me. but promise you won’t tell my kids about this, okay?

  8. LOL I am not convinced, can I have more examples please 🙂

  9. Heehee, I would love to her more examples.

    Your photo is super cute!
    .-= Allison @ Alli ‘n Son´s last blog ..A Full…Basketball =-.

  10. My kids think I am stupid too. I keep reminding them I went to college and actually have a degree and a job that requires the use of that degree. Not to mention all the homework that I help to do. Oh well it’s only fair I probably thought my mom was stupid too. Pay back is so NOT fun!
    .-= Brandie´s last blog ..Give Me Your Best Shot! =-.

  11. I think we need more examples, but I do like this one. 🙂 And it’s not that they think you are stupid — they think you are fun!! 🙂
    .-= Kelly Deneen´s last blog ..Photostory Friday: 365, Week 15 =-.

  12. LOL! My daughter is the same way! “Mommy, I’m not going to jump on the couch… but don’t look at me, OK?”
    .-= greedygrace´s last blog ..Flash if you love Earthquakes =-.

  13. I love this picture of you! I think it’s really cute and you look happy. :o)

    It amazes me sometimes the things my boys think they can get away with. They must really think I am not very smart either!
    .-= Honey Mommy´s last blog ..A Photo A Day: Week 17 =-.

  14. I think it is that way with most children. I’m sure mine are of the same opinion, as I often hear “….. don’t tell mom…..” um, duh, I’m standing right here!
    Brought a smile to my face this morning to know I’m not alone!
    .-= Carrie Keiser´s last blog ..Foto Story Friday #99– A Hike =-.

  15. Yeah, I could have written this too! My kids are 12 and 14, and apparently when they become teenagers or preteens, they are automatically bumped to genius level, because now they know EVERYTHING and I know nothing. The constant eye rolling and snickering at everything I say gets a little old, and now they have joined together in their “mom is an idiot” club.

    The examples are not so cute when they are this age, though 🙂
    .-= Sheri´s last blog ..Why am I so tired you ask? =-.

  16. LOL
    This is great.
    My children think I’m less intelligent than their father and it always irritates me.
    We’ll be int he car and Masaru will ask where we are and I’ll tell him then he’ll say “No mum I want Dad to answer”
    he’s lucky I dn’t turn around and swipe him right there and then.
    Suffice it to say we’ve had a couple of talks to him about mum knowing as much as dad, women being allowed to drive even if the man’s in the car, things of this nature.

  17. ah…
    we all do silly things some times 😀

    oh I miss you and your kids *hugs*

  18. Guess what? You’re a winner! You won the Sunshine Award! Go to my blog for details…
    .-= Janine´s last blog ..And the Award Goes To….Could it Be? Little Old Me? =-.

  19. My kids think I’m stupid too. It must be catching.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..A good night’s sleep =-.

  20. I let my daughter write on our whiteboard and left the room for 2 minutes. She got really quiet. I called to her to ask what she was doing and she moved into the doorway still holding the marker. As I started to walk over to her, she spread her arms and legs in some kind of lame attempt to block me from going into the room where she had been drawing. That usually means something bad.

    We’ve got a green “7” on our wall now. Whiteboard marker doesn’t seem as easy to remove from walls as I thought it should be.

  21. When he was about the same age as your boys, my husband got out of bed and walked down the stairs underneath a blanket. He was pretending to be snuffleupagus, therefore he WAS snuffleupagus. He was sure his parents couldn’t see him. They could only see snuffleupagus.

    They told him to go back to bed.

    They don’t think you’re stupid.

    Kids are just weird.
    .-= stefanie´s last blog ..trees – day two (gratefuls abloom) =-.

  22. Two of my favorite quotes: “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. ” – Mark Twain & “The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” – Tim Russert

    I think every kid thinks their parent is stupid. Then the kid grows up, becomes a parent & realizes that maybe they weren’t so stupid after all.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..They make me smile =-.

  23. just wait till you start hearing, “Whatever Mom” every time you turn around. It’s like fingernails on chalkboards. I want to throttle him every time I hear that phrase, implying, “You’re an idiot Mom”. EERRRGGHHH!!!
    The boys are darling btw, such an imagination! They don’t think you’re stupid, they just think they have a secret language that can’t be heard! lol

  24. Doesn’t it just irk you too? My oldest questions me on EVERYTHING, like I’m making things up just to hear myself talk. I mean, SERIOUSLY! I was a TEACHER for God’s sake, I think I know a little something about regrouping and multiplication facts. It’s getting to the point where I have to offer a “second opinion” or another source like Dad to validate what I’m telling my children. SO FRUSTRATING!!!!

    Oh and they do the stupid stuff, like your sons too. Grrrrrrrrr
    .-= Run DMT´s last blog ..Plan B for Spring Break =-.

  25. I am constantly asking my students for an eraser for the same reason. Because, I must need to erase the word “stupid” off of my forehead.

    But, they don’t do silly things. They do dumb things like lie to me and tell me stories…I’d prefer your kids’ innocent antics!
    .-= Krystyn´s last blog ..I’d totally give you the dress =-.

  26. tooo funny!!! but oh so true!!

  27. Welcome to the world of stupidity. Teenagers are the absolute best at making sure they think their moms are stupid. 😉
    .-= Stefany´s last blog ..Teenagers: Life is hard =-.

  28. How funny!
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..♥ A couple of days worth… =-.

  29. Ask my children …. any one of the seven ….. how many times they have heard me ask, “Do you think I’m stupid?”
    .-= Marla Hansen´s last blog ..It’s My Party And I’ll Cry If I Want To =-.

  30. Every shot I’ve seen of you is gorgeous. 🙂 I fear that my kids sometimes think I’m stupid, too. But most of the time, they revel in my wisdom and knowledge.
    .-= Lolli´s last blog ..The Best Field Trip Ever – GMYBS and PSF =-.

  31. You are not alone … my son thinks I’m a complete idiot … and deaf … and gullible … and really really old.
    .-= Jenners´s last blog ..Signs of Apocalypse and Other Ramblings =-.