This explains why I sometimes find myself discussing the Code of Hammurabi at the same time checking a long division problem (and trying to figure how on earth she managed to get that answer), all the while offering suggestions as to how to word an email to various beekeeping groups. Or why while I'm helping a son read a book I am also helping a daughter find resources to research Mount Vernon and trying to discuss the causes of the First World War. It is the trying to think about two completely disparate topics at the same time that I find most challenging. It is the mental equivalent of trying to do the splits. Sometimes it gets to be too much and I start talking to the wrong child about a topic meant for another which they either find horribly funny or vaguely vexing.
It is also why I'm trying to write a blog post and at the same time I'm quizzing M. on her French vocabulary for her test