Shauna - posted on 03/14/2012 ( 17 moms have responded )
I would be interested in hearing about other gifted children who have "obsessions" or extreme interests. I have read elsewhere on the web about some gifted children having obsessions, and would really like to relate to other moms who have experienced this.
My son is 4 yrs old. He has been "obsessed" with vacuum cleaners for about a year now. At first it was cute, then we tried to discourage it, and finally after reading advice from experts in the field of gifted children we decided to encourage his interest and find more ways to expand on his interest.
He is a very creative and imaginative child, and extremely bright as well as quite sensitive. He loves to draw pictures of vacuums, which are way better than I could ever do, and then he adds them to his catalog he created where he pretends to sell his vacuums. He also like to watch vacuum review videos, and likes to perform his own reviews as well. He has 8 vacuums total, with the love of his life being a very old Electrolux canister vac. He enjoys polishing the chrome on it with a soft cloth. He knows how to change the bags, change the belts, can identify them by sound, and knows many makes, models, and brands.
It's been interesting, and frustrating to say the least..but overall I think we are handling it fairly well. He's allowed to spend x amount of time daily with his vacuums, if we did not set a limit and be consistent about it, he would work with them constantly.
Anyways, I would love to swap stories such as this.