Sunday, November 14, 2010

Gifted? Cursed?

Yesterday my dad gave me an interesting article from the Globe and Mail - ‘Gifted' – what is it good for? He's pretty sure that the kid is brilliant and will cause hubby and I all kinds of trouble in the future.

He may be right.

She is pretty darn smart - sometimes. Her vocabulary is impressive and she reads at a level that far exceeds her grade level. She's picked up addition, subtraction and a bit of multiplication and division without too much trouble.

But she can also be a complete idiot. Seriously! Come on. We all know that no matter how brilliant our kids are they can also be complete morons. For instance, she can't seem to grasp the fact that running down the stairs is stupid. Does she have to break her leg before that gets through to her. And maybe it isn't the best idea to run around in front of the mean, nasty cat who likes to hit. She walks into walls. Forgets how to write a word like "happy" after at least a year of being able to spell it correctly. And countless other things that make me wonder how she'll cope in the real world.

Let's face it. We all make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. And we shouldn't expect anyone to be. We're going to try our best to place reasonable expectations on the kid. After all, we want people to continue telling us that she's the happiest kid they've ever seen!

And frankly, all I want is for her to be happy.


  1. But she is amazing at puzzles!

  2. LMAO! I must add that fact. She would also have trouble putting a puzzle with only two pieces together!