Any time we can find a math solution to a parenting problem, we are ALL OVER that business — especially because math deals with the kinds of logic and absolutes that even a good day of parenting sorely lacks. Sigh …. If only two halves of a chocolate-chip cookie equalled a whole chocolate-chip cookie, how much easier would our days be? But anyone who’s spent even an afternoon with a quixotic toddler knows that two halves don’t make a whole. What they make is a meltdown over broken cookies. Seriously, there’s no solving for “y.” (See what we did there?)
Anyway, while we typically splash around in the arithmetic kiddie pool at Science of Parenthood, our guest today, Allison Hart of Motherhood, WTF?, is here to demonstrate how to do some higher problem-solving. If you’ve given birth in the last 18 years, you’ll do just fine with her Mom-Style SAT questions. Sharpen your pencils, parents. It’s go time!
Do you remember hating the SATs? Well, I liked them. I’m a nerd, you see. I liked them and I was good at them. I may not be the most graceful, tactful, or coordinated person you’ll meet. I may not be able to pull off the latest fashion trends. I might never remember when it’s crazy sock day. But I can take a standardized test like a boss.
Alas, this skill is useless. No matter how enviable it may have seemed in 11th grade, I assure you that it has little application in my current life, and I’d be better off remembering crazy sock day.
But we can’t choose our talents.
I loved those analogies you hated so much from the verbal section:
And of course I adored the logic problems that you so despised:
The upside to my nerdy proclivities, (not upside really, more like side-side as this is not in any way a benefit to anyone,) is that I sometimes think in terms of SAT-formatted questions. Lately, I’ve been seeing opportunities for SAT-style questions all over my parenting.
And now for some of that wonderful logic: