You probably have this image of me being a weird bookworm with no social skills, but I'm like any other normal, happy kid.
Forming a community of parents, writing about our agonizing moments of self-doubt and shame when we lose it and scream back at our screamers, allow us to feel less alone during the isolating and terrifying journey of raising babies and young kids.
I think he's brilliant because he's my child and every parent thinks their child is special in some way, right? Here's the truth -- maybe he is, maybe he isn't, it doesn't really matter either way.
One commonly held belief is that gifted students don't need help and will do fine on their own. This perception may be due to the empirical evidence showing that many gifted students do end up quite successful later in life.
If she's reading already, so was my daughter (and me), and she can read at home. Read with her, do math with her, print
American society is obsessed with the concept of giftedness. We test our kids to determine if they're gifted, then put them in specialized educational programs designed to maximize their giftedness. But how important is giftedness? Is incredible success possible for average people?
Hopefully this tale of my experiences has been helpful as you wonder what to do with your little Warhol. And know that along the way, there may be some cabinets defaced with crayons or car leather pencil sketches that don't erase completely. Count to ten. Take deep breaths. One day your child may remember how understanding you were and just how much that meant on their way to art stardom.
Note to parents of non-prodigies (so, most of you): No amount of flash cards, professional training or baby Einstein DVDs can make your kid a prodigy if the stuff isn't there, so don't try. It will just make both of you miserable.
As the months passed, the rhythm that so many had spoken of never came. Our days were a marvelous performance of song and dance, intense tears followed by laughter, hours and hours of books. His quiet could only be had by listening to my voice stumble over Dostoyevsky or Dickens.