Parental Intelligence Theory (PIT)

All teenagers think that their parents are stupid. Then when they become adults they come to this realization that their parents, while human, are actually pretty wise people after all. Having witnessed (and experienced) this particular phenomenon, I have developed a theory on Parental Intelligence.

Parents actually start out fairly intelligent. They have children, are forced to endure tortuous conditions like sleep deprivation, whine torture, conversation limited to sounds or single syllable words, and the constant drudgery of laundry, picking up toys, and making lunches. Throughout the early years, the tortures parents endure causes a significant drop in cognitive functioning. By the teen years, parents are functioning at their lowest levels.

As children move from their teens into adulthood and leave home, parents are able to catch up on sleep, participate in higher level conversations, and pursue more interesting activities. This allows their brain functioning to recover, thus regaining and sometimes surpassing their pre-child intelligence levels.

Parental Intelligence

Teenagers are correct, their parents are at their stupidest at this stage. Young adults are also correct, their parents actually are intelligent human beings. Easily explained by PIT.


About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home.
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9 Responses to Parental Intelligence Theory (PIT)

  1. Rita Russell says:

    I guess I must be at the lowest of the low point right now. I have a son who’s 19 and a daughter who’s 17; both unfortunately are very social creatures with lots of friends and busy social lives. This means that I stay up, especially for my 17 year old daughter, 2 nights on every weekend waiting for her to come home so I can give her the nth degree. Thanks god exams are coming because now she has to stay in and I can get some sleep.

  2. Kathy V. says:

    Oh god. So it’s downhill for me from here. I thought my brain completely dribbled out my ear in my second trimester, but apparently I will be becoming EVEN STUPIDER. Crap.

  3. galpod says:

    Excellent post. I guess the future holds bigger embarrassments than searching for the dog for an entire afternoon (including filing a humane society missing pet report) only to discover that he was with his walker as per every Wednesday…
    By the way, from a professional point of view, quite a few cognitive functions are at their peak when you are around 27. So it’s really all downhill from now… have a great weekend! 🙂

  4. gooorooo says:

    And I tougt I was showing first symptoms of Alzheimer disease. Thank God it’s only little children that ‘s the problem. They will grow up and mummy will be smart again, or at least she will remember what she came downstairs to the kitchen for first time round…

  5. right on the money baby! the other argument for the graph is that is how our children view us too. as babies they think that we are the smartest things ever and by teenage years we are dumber then fish. And then something changes and we become smart again! thanks for this!

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