To be completely clear, I never ran ethernet in my house. But the comparable thing I did was rewire the telephone wall jack in my room so I could connect the second phone line … which I paid for! … when I was about 12. I remember my dad being astonished and that meant a lot.

I try to remember to praise the kids for what they do because I know it doesn’t have to be rewiring the house to feel good to be acknowledged.

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