What do people mean by "too smart for their own good"?
My parents visited for Thanksgiving, and my mom said about my neice that she was too smart for her own good (she’s 4 years old, and quite pleasant to be around.) My mom said the same thing about my daughters when they were young, and it has me wondering, do people think dull-witted children are preferable to intelligent ones? Why would someone say something like that?
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