She turned to me and said "No, I don't think so. They can't be very good things if they need to keep trying so hard to tell people to like them."
15. Go forth and multiply.
When my son was learning the multiplication tables as a third-grader, he 'hacked' learning the fives: he said "you just half the number you are multiplying and forget the decimal!" 5x7=35 (half of seven is 3.5) 5x5=25 (half of 5 is 2.5).
What blew my mind is that he understood dividing by 2 and that 1/2 of a whole number is 0.5 before he even knew the times tables! I was super impressed with the multiple levels of mathematics reasoning that he had acquired so early in his development.
16. Who got him a thesaurus?
In 1992, my son, Luke, was 18 months old. He went to daycare for the day. About 4pm, I picked him up and when we got home I asked him how his day was.
"Reasonable," was his response. Well, alright then.
When my step-daughter was about 9 years old, she came into the room where the adults were gathered and asked, "What time are we leaving?" Her mom said, "About a quarter after." She looked puzzled for a moment, then said, "So, 9:25?" To which I responded, "Quarter of an hour, not quarter of a dollar."
She thought about it for a minute. Then, she announced, "Oh, ok, 9:15. Got it." Then she turned and went back to where she had been playing.
I was so impressed that she took an indirect answer, figured out the relationship, did the math and got the right answer. She's grown up now but continues to be one of the smartest people I know.