Drowning in the shallow end

Last Update: August 22, 2016

Day in and day out we log in, we check emails, respond to blogs, and answer questions. We dedicate time and energy into our websites and seek to improve our names reputation on the internet.

Today, as I was doing those things, I hear an odd conversation taking place between my kids.


My son: All you have to do is stand up.

My Angel: That's a dumb answer.

My older princess: I don't believe you know the meaning of dumb. What you should say is that's a stupid answer.

My youngest: hey guys what's the answer

My son: I told you just stand up

Very angry girls: you can't stand up you're drowning

My son: yea, in the shallow end

At this point snickering. I've realized they're playing a logic problem game I'd taught them. This specific question gives a lot of fluffy information to distract from the obvious answer. My son was correct. I stepped in and explained the reasoning. My daughter's were baffled that they missed the concept completely. While the slacker in school answered the question with no second thoughts or trivial mathematical equation.


Moral of the story....

When you aren't seeing am answer simply stand up take in a breath and look at the problem differently.

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MKearns Premium
Great revelation fro family Jennifer. Nice story!
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jimcarlsen65 Premium
You mean if you just stand up, you might find that the water's not as deep as you thought? I'm other words, the problem isn't that great. You just thought it was.
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MPollock Premium
Sometimes we see things at many different angles.
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JDunyon Premium
Yes we do. For some of us we create angles that don't need to be there and make standing up turn into drowning in the shallow end
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Seahawk8058 Premium
Absolutely. In many cases we have to look at a problem at different angles.
We sometimes become so consumed by thought complexity to where we overlook simplicity.

Great point well made Jennifer.......and from the mouths of "babes."

Smart kids!
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JDunyon Premium
They remind me every day to take a step back and look at something differently.
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VynetteH Premium
A lot of people drown in shallow water every year because they never tried to stand in it. My father used to tell a story of a 6' man who drowned in less than 4' of water because he became tired while swimming to shore and never tried to stand.
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JDunyon Premium
Its true I've heard many stories of people drowning in the shallow end. I find it an odd phenomena that people forget to stand up so easily
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Mike-Writes Premium
Excellent point, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing. :)

Mike
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JDunyon Premium
You're welcome and thank you
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JewelCarol Premium
You are so blessed with smart children, Jennifer. Thanks for sharing, I smiled so much, lol. :)
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JDunyon Premium
I am a very blessed mother, they are fun smart and and amazing
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Loubelle Premium
Good idea thanks
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JDunyon Premium
Anytime
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GlenPalo Premium
Good answer, Jennifer! :)
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JDunyon Premium
Thank you
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AlexEvans Premium
A good way to look at it Jennifer. Stepping back can be so helpful.
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JDunyon Premium
Thank you so very much
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GayleneNepia Premium
Lol. Smart kid. :-)
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JDunyon Premium
Yea. He's extremely smart when he chooses to be. Lol
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JudeP Premium
Great point Jennifer :)
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JDunyon Premium
Thank you Jude
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wecwish Premium
Yes, I agree. Sometimes you have to stand up. Great post. Thanks for sharing.
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JDunyon Premium
Thank you for stopping by and reading
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TommyK Premium
I'll need to keep that in mind when I come across my next dilemma here:))
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JDunyon Premium
I have to tell myself this all the time
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LinDash01 Premium
Great to hear what terrific kids you have. Cheers Linda
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JDunyon Premium
Thank you!
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theresroth Premium
That can really clear the head out of a rut!☺
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JDunyon Premium
Hugs thank you
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