Son won’t help me install thermostat until I read the manual

Sometimes my kids absolutely drive me crazy.

  • They think that they are so smart and they use it against me.

I wish that I hadn’t forced them to become such well-read, well-rounded children throughout their upbringing. Maybe, then they would be a little more grateful and less smart-assy with me. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the case with my youngest son and his entitled attitude. A few months ago I had a simple request for him – I asked if he could help me to install a smart thermostat in my house instead of the outdated plastic dial thermostat that I had been using for 30 years. I thought it would be very simple for him to help me research and install a new temperature control device for the central heating and cooling system. He is, after all, a computer scientist. It should be no issue for him to understand the technical requirements for the smart thermostats and quickly wire it to the air conditioning system and forced air furnace. Too bad for me, my extremely intelligent son has decided that he doesn’t want to be burdened with helping his mom with indoor air quality control. Namely, he doesn’t want to be responsible for programming or resetting the thermostat after it’s installed. My son insists that he will not install the smart thermostat until I can pass a quiz designed around the smart thermostat manual. I think that it’s ridiculous when he could simply teach me what the smart thermostat manual tells him. At this point, we are in a standoff and my air quality keeps getting worse.

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