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Being several ages all at once...

Lucy - posted on 01/23/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )




Just an observation that I'm sure others here can relate to! I am finding the discrepancy between my 3-year-old son's skills and his behaviour almost surreal... One moment I seem to be speaking with a school child, and the next I am attempting to soothe a toddler tantrum. Those of you with older ones, does this discrepancy even out as they grow older? Or will I 10 years from now, rather than a toddler grade-school student, be speaking with an adolescent professor??

All rather fun though, if somewhat frustrating at times :)


April - posted on 01/28/2013




"Highly gifted children are many ages simultaneously. A 5-year-old may read like a 7-year-old, play chess like a 12-year-old, talk like a 13-year-old, and share toys like a 2-year-old. A child may move with lightning speed from a reasoned discussion of the reasons for taking turns on the playground to a full-scale temper tantrum when not allowed to be first on the swing. You can help yourself maneuver among the child's ages by reading about developmental norms (Gesell is a good guide) so that you are ready for (and avoid punishing) behavior that, though it seems childish in a precocious child, is absolutely age appropriate. "

Just came across this article, hope it would help you.


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Tami - posted on 07/09/2013




My six year old is many ages at once. Sometimes I feel like I am speaking to an old man when it comes to social or political issues. He has an overdeveloped sense of justice and is very intuitive. Physically, he is younger than six. His fine motor skills are about the same as a four year old. He can tell you about dinosaurs, evolution, norse mythology, DNA, and all about American history, but he still cannot put Legos together or tie his shoes.

He still requires a ton if assistance as far as self help and staying on task. Yet, he can tell you how to get to the post office (across town) after being driven there once.

It is hard to know which age Rylan I am going to have to deal with. The worst thing is when others expect so much more from him because oc his verbal abilities. I am always reminding others (and myself) thathe is just six.

Good luck.

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