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Mathematical Mom Problems

By ilanawiles |

A few days ago, I came across a post called “Hipster Logic Problems” and figured it would be the perfect post to re-write with moms in mind.

Instead of indie rock band woes and L train issues, I’m talking about tinkertoys and minivans.

Because REALLY. Who’s got better problem-solving skills than moms?

1. Mealtime Predicament

A mother cooks 1 protein, 1 vegetable and 1 starch for dinner at 5pm. By 5:30pm, 3 kids and 1 husband are seated at the table. By 5:35pm, 2 kids have rejected the protein while all 3 kids have rejected the vegetable and 0 kids have rejected the starch. By 5:40pm, 2 parents are cleaning 25 discarded pieces of food off the floor. At what time does mom finally get to eat?

2. Bedtime Dilemma

A child requests 5 books to read before bedtime. Mom agrees to read 3 books. After 3 books have been read, child asks for 2 more books. Mom says ‘no’ 5 times. After 15 minutes of whining and 5 minutes of crying, puting them 30 minutes past bedtime, Mom finally agrees to read 1 more book. How likely is the child to choose the longest book on the shelf?

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About ilanawiles



Ilana Wiles writes Mommy Shorts, a humor blog geared towards new parents. She is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Blogs and one of The Huffington Post's top 20 women to follow on Instagram. She lives in NYC with her husband, 2-year-old daughter and a newborn baby girl. Read bio and latest posts → Read ilanawiles's latest posts →

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