9 Things My 10 year-old Can Do Better Than Me


9. Take a compliment – If you tell my daughter she has nice eyes she’ll say “Thank you” and move on with her day. Tell me I have nice eyes and I will start with, “Oh, that’s just because I have mascara on from last night because I’m so lazy I couldn’t even be bothered to wash off my make-up!” and end next Tuesday.

8. Play basketball –My kid actually enjoys organized sports. I think she’s adopted.

7. Update my Instagram account –Until recently, I didn’t even realize I still had one. Now thanks to her constant updates because, “Mom, it’s illegal for me to have my own account until I’m 13 so can I use yours?” I have a ton of new followers.

6. Rocking colored hair dye –My kids can do a pink streak like nobody’s business. If I tried to do it I would just look like the world’s oldest Cyndi Lauper fan.

5. Remembering stuff –and thank goodness for that since even if I put something down on my to-do list, in ten minutes I’ve forgotten that I even have a do-list. I’m old.

4. Stop eating when she’s full. Oh yeah, she’ll eat half a bowl of ice cream and leave the rest to melt because…because…I don’t know! There’s no possible valid reason for leaving a perfectly good HALF BOWL OF ICE CREAM. Does she not understand the healing powers of dessert? Does she not have feelings she needs to numb with sugar? What is her deal? I don’t get it, is what I’m telling you.

3. Shake off disappointment – Last week she was devastated that she didn’t get the part she wanted in her school play. There were tears but the next day she said, “Hey, it’s not Broadway” and moved on. I’m still nursing a grudge about a party I wasn’t invited to in 2003.

2. Accessorize. Seriously, this kid can figure how to tie a scarf to make it look “kicky.” She can somehow pair just the right stud earrings with a cute barrette. I, on the other hand, have been know to spend an hour trying to determine if I can wear work shoes with yoga pants. According to my daughter the answer is, no.

1. Keep a secret. Do you have a crush on someone but you don’t want anyone to know? Well don’t tell me because I can’t keep my mouth shut. But if you tell my daughter not to say anything, she really won’t say anything. She’d make a terrible cast member on the Real Housewives.

Posted by Stefanie Wilder Taylor on June 9, 2015 11:17 amElby4 comments  


  1. Rebecca said,

    Wait a second, last week at school? When does school let out? Is she one of the lucky kids who gets to go to school using a ‘year around’ calendar? Our district had one of those calendars which is why we moved to this district but right after my oldest child’s kindergarten year, they got rid of the year long calendar and I’ve been mad ever since.

    | June 9, 2015 @ 12:04 pm

  2. Amy said,

    Super funny SWT! Your daughter sounds like an awesome kid. Love the blog and the podcast!

    | June 9, 2015 @ 3:38 pm

  3. Mary said,

    Hi Stephanie, You are fantastic on the podcast. You and Lynette make a great team; I never, never miss it. What great kids you have and your husband (I remember him from the podcast you all did with him) is fantastic!! He has a great voice too. He should have his own podcast if he has the time. His voice is great, and he seems so level-headed. I also wanted to mention that I used to have anxiety issues but not since I gave up industrial seed oils. I use mostly olive oil because I have high cholesterol, but my husband and three kids eat olive oil, butter, ghee, bacon fat, coconut oil and tons of it. The theory is industrial seed oils are unstable and harmful to the thyroid. This causes problems for all the other glands and can lead to depression, anxiety, migraine headaches (this used to be a huge problem for me) hypothyroidism, etc. Giving up industrial seed oils (corn, safflower, peanut, canola, walnut, etc.) is pretty painless except for giving up Hellman’s mayonnaise, but now I have become addicted to mayonnaise made with olive oil: one raw egg yolk (from pasture raised organic chickens for double the K-2 (good for avoiding osteoporosis, alzheimers, heart disease, kidney stones, hardening of soft tissues, bad teeth, and, most important, wrinkles)). 1 tablespoon lemon juice. 3/4 to 1 teaspoon salt. 1 cup first cold pressed olive oil. Blend all with hand held blender in a pint Mason jar. If it doesn’t emulsify, just place in refrigerator for several hours and blend once more (you can check for technique on you tube). Just use this as a dip for carrots or chicken or whatever you like. I noticed a huge difference in my mood after just a few months. And no more migraines!! Oh I forgot to say, eating out is a little more complicated, so I just take olive oil along for salads especially if I think the restaurant is using cheap olive oil. I was thinking maybe you and Lynnette could interview Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo Podcast and website. She has easy, delicious food for kids and family and is not a food Nazis.

    | July 2, 2015 @ 12:50 pm

  4. MXD said,

    Boring as hell, like the podcast

    | October 30, 2015 @ 3:44 pm

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