Part of our renovations involved replacing old electrical sockets. I’m not an electrician, but I can do the basics such as replace light switches, sockets, install ceiling lights and so on. For the most part, I wire the new equipment the same way the old sockets and switches were wired. Never ran into any issues in the past, until recently.
I replaced a dozen sockets and light switches on the second floor. After testing everything, all new equipment worked just fine. It wasn’t until evening time when we realized that a socket where a TV and a side table lamp plugged in didn’t work. I was surprised. I touched nothing near it. Checked the electrical panel, nope, everything was fine. Checked with my contractor, he couldn’t pin point any issues. Double checked everything I replaced earlier that day, and it all worked just fine. My wife, contractor and I were scratching our heads trying to figure out why it wasn’t working.
It wasn’t until the next day, that my middle daughter called for my attention to tell me that the side table lamp light was working. How could it be? I went around the house looking for what was on. Then I realized that a light switch in one of the bedroom must have been on the same line. So, turning the lights on in the bedroom powered the electrical socket where TV was plugged in. Problem solved. Wrong wire was put in the wrong slot. But one important lesson that I learned was that kids hear everything.
During my troubleshooting scramble, my kids were busy playing. They have absolutely no interest in the renos or the issues I was trying to resolve earlier. But when the light came on, my daughter called out to tell me. I just assumed she was in her own world, minding her own business, when in fact she was in tune with what was happening. And when the side table light just came on, she recognized the importance of it to tell me right away.
Kids not only hear the conversion but also pick up the context. Be mindful. They look up and learn from us.