One time in the fifth grade, our teacher gave us what seemed like a pretty easy assignment — all we had to do was write down step-by-step instructions explaining how to put on a jacket.
Now, fifth graders are typically pretty confident about their ability to put on clothes, so naturally we figured telling someone else how to do it would be a no-brainer. But when it came time for the teacher to follow our instructions, exactly as we had written them, we suddenly got a whole lot less smug.
Sure, I knew what I meant when I said, "Put your arm through the sleeve," but watching your teacher struggle to literally push her arm through the fabric of a jacket's sleeve really drives home the point that things aren't always as simple and straight-forward as they seem.
That's the premise behind the Exact Instructions Challenge, a fun activity being taken on parents all across the Internet. In it, kids write very specific directions for completing an easy task...then their parents just do exactly what the directions say.
What could possibly go wrong?