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edited by Carolyn K., director, Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
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The younger kids...

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... and More You Know You're The Parent of a Gifted Child When...

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bullet When your piano playing and writing are your forte! My son(6) wrote this hilarious piano story! The 88 talking keys and the pop-out hammer! He loves writing! He has his own Wordpress also for his creative outlet. ConnorArowan.wordpress.com -- Nantana

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bullet What our 9yo 4th grade son did to entertain himself on a multi-hour road trip this afternoon. These 2 pages took him about an hour because he was explaining what he was writing. All from memory. I think he learned it mostly from YouTube videos over the past couple weeks. -- Jenn

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bulletSo.. I know I totally walked into it tonight but we've all had those moments of too many why's? Conversation right before dinner...

Me: 3yo, stop laughing at your sister.
3yo: why?
Me: because I said so. (Now, I had already explained why 3 times by this point).
A few minutes pass.. she's tearing off the paper from her crayons.
Me: why are you tearing the paper off your crayons?
3yo: because I said so.

Hand to forehead. -- Erin

bulletBrag post! Proud of my 7 year old/new 2nd grader who met his AR (advanced reader) goals on the 2nd week of school because he read the first 5 books in the "Series of Misfortunate Events" series in a week and a half and got 100% on all of the AR tests. He LOVES this series so much! -- Stephanie
bulletMy five-year-old son has been sending email announcements when he's selling something - lemonade stand, paper airplane stand (yes, he does this and makes money at it), etc. Tonight, my seven-year-old daughter was complaining that she's tired of getting his unsolicited reminder emails that he's out selling.

That's right. DD7 was complaining that DS5 has become a spammer.
#poppyproblems -- Belinda
bulletI tried to prepare our seven-year-old son for being pulled out of class by the school psychologist to be tested for the gifted program. I gave the usual, you-are-not-in-trouble and don’t-worry-about-what-she-asks speech. When he returned home, he said it was fine but then (with hands on hips) demanded, “Why didn’t you tell me she had a mustache?”  -- Audrey
bulletMy 10-year-old poppy was looking through her closet for a certain summer dress that she wants to wear over her ballet clothes tomorrow. No other one would do. She was getting agitated and I asked her which dress that she was looking for and she said, "The blue one with the protozoa on it." What she was calling protozoa was a paisley print. I told her gently what the print was called. People can call it paisley, I think that I'm going to always think of it as Protozoa print from now on in honor of our poppies.--Shelley
bulletThis reminds me of my 5-years-old daughter referring to a certain pillow as "the one that's beautiful like the lining of the small intestine.”--Gina
bulletPoppy logic, 2.5-year-old style: A baby cow is a calf, so a baby horse must be a half.--Jenny
bulletMe: "I slept like a rock last night. How did you sleep?"
My 6-year-old replied, "I slept like dark matter."--Laura
bulletMy daughter turned 3 in August. She and her brother, 10.5, were talking.

DD: I got you a present.
DS: You did? YAY!
DD: Yeah and I am going to get presents, too. From you, and Mom, and Daddy
DS: And Santa, too.
DD: No! (Laughing) Santa isn't real, he's make believe!
DS: Mom...
Me: Santa isn't real?
DD: Nope! He's make believe like Maleficent!
DS & Me: (staring blank faced at each other) Okaaaaay.....

How in the Heck did a 3-year-old figure this out??? -- CJ
bulletMy 3-year-old son just ran into the kitchen with his pumpkin bucket, knocked on the fridge, shouted "trick or treat!" opened the fridge and dumped the remainder of a box of cookies into his bucket and ran off. -- Rachel
bulletOne day my 3-year-old spelled out Goldilock with his alphabet letters. I call my husband in amazement and said, "Look, he spelled Goldilocks."  He yells, "that IS NOT Goldilocks." He then picks up an "S" and adds it to the end and says, "THIS is Goldilocks" and then gives me the look like, are you really that dumb? -- Monica
bulletMy 3 year old asks, "Do you know the difference between a parallelogram and a rhombus, mommy? A rhombus has four sides that are the same size like a square. It is like a square on its side. A parallelogram is like a rectangle, with two sides that are long and two shorter side."
I reply, "Oh I didn't know that. Thank you for explaining that to me."
3 year old calms me, "It's ok Mommy. I didn't really understand it either until I was 3." -- Holly
bullet"On the way home from Kindergarten yesterday, my third little girl pipes up from the back seat: "Mama, the teacher sent a note home for you!"

I say, jokingly, "Cool. Can you read it to me?" Then my five-year-old--the one who didn't speak a word until she was 2, then called every fruit an "apple" and qualified for state services with her significant delay--calls out clearly and quickly: "Dear Parents, I hope you enjoyed our Back to School night, and that you had your questions answered..." etc. etc.

My son was such a different flavor of intelligence, more "obvious" from the start. But my five-year-old just leapfrogged herself and shows no signs of stopping. ("Hi, this is a foreshortened maze I just designed." "Hi, this is a diagram of our lives." "Hi, people are like iPads, but our beds are our chargers.") Where did THIS come from?" -- Erica

bullet"My 6 year-old daughter says "Oh, mum, I love arctic foxes so much! They are so cute!" After a small pause she adds. "Remember the polar habitat I brought the other day from class? I really wanted to draw an artic fox, but I thought my teachers would not know they exist, so I drew a penguin instead so they didn't make me repeat it". Oh, my... so funny and so sad at the same time that this poor little girl has already figured out her teachers are not very knowledgeable and she needs to play the system..." -- Eli
bullet"Having dinner at T-Rex, surrounded by dinosaurs, my little 6-year old and future paleontologists says: "Mum, what day is it?". "Tuesday", I answer. "No", she says with a frown, "I mean, if day 1 is when the first human was born, what day is it today?" -- Eli
bulletMy 6-year old daughter says: "Mum, I love Hawaiian flowers... I want to go to Hawaii one day!" I answer I want to go too, and that one day I will organize a trip. She seems pleased for a couple of seconds, and then her face turns into worry and adds: "But mum, we need to be careful! You know in Hawaii there are active volcanoes, and they are very dangerous? So we need to make sure we pick the right island!" -- Eli
bulletNow I know what the doctor was doing at my son's 4 year old visit. He had gotten my son to talk, who for some odd reason had decided this was a day he was not going to talk. The doctor kept ratcheting down the questions until "Let's see if he knows his colors." I was thinking, "he knew his colors at 18 months" but wisely kept my mouth shut. Finally the doctor said, "What color is this, come on, you know what color this is." Son replied, spelling: R. E. D. AHA, game just changed. OK, how do you spell BLUE? Son: I don't know. Dr.: Well what does it start with? Son: B. and then here we go:
Dr.: If mom's a girl, then dad's a ?? Son: B.
Dr.: If fire is hot, then ice is ?? Son: C.
Dr.: What's this [wooden] door made out if? Son: W.
Finally doc says to me, "I'm not worried about him". -- Sarah
bulletYou know you the parent of gifted kids when your six year tried to convince the four year old she should take a hagfish to school for her "H" letterbox. Then she realizes it will never work since they don't have a pressurized chamber in her preschool classroom. She is now moping that her hagfish idea is not going to work out. -- Jessica
bulletAt the playground with the kids, my 10 year old is on the swings. He asks me the following: "Have I reached the inverse sin of 1/2 yet? Or Pi over 6 radians from the vertical? Do you think I will reach the inverse tangent of 1 mark?" My happy little sensory seeking math nerd. -- Amy
bulletYou know something is up when your 3.5 year old is running around the loop in your house and keeps stopping suddenly and restarting. When you ask him what he's doing, he says "nothing ... just testing inertia." My cat and the second-story banister are glad he isn't curious about gravity yet. -- Gena
bulletWhen DS was 28 months old, we were in the car. He kept saying "peas ah-vuh-vuh." I could not figure out what he meant and asked him to think of other words. He got quiet and then said "man dwive fowd trown bictoria." I said "Did you just say 'man drives Ford Crown Victoria?" He shook his head yes. I said "you mean a police officer?" He replied "There ya go! Saw one back there." I asked him to say officer for me one more time. He replied "ah-vuh-vuh." -- Suzanne
bulletThe child development specialist says to your 22 month old "This is a kitty. The kitty says 'meow.' This is a puppy. The puppy says 'woof.' What is this over here (pointing to picture of a bird)?" Child responds "That's a male American Goldfinch. The female has different coloration." -- Suzanne
bulletOne day, when my son was 2, we went to the public library. On the librarian's desk was a set of reference books. The spines created the famous picture of Buzz Aldrin on the moon, with the reflection of Neil Armstrong in his helmet. My son took one look at the picture and yelled at the top of his lungs, "Look, Mommy! Neil Armstrong!" All the librarians had stunned looks on their faces. -- Jenni
bulletMy son was 3, and was having trouble saying some letters. A special ed teacher showed him line drawings, and he was supposed to say what was in the picture. He did fine with "truck," "flower," and many other words. Then came a picture that was supposed to be a frog. He didn't say anything for a long time. The teacher looked at me and asked if my son knew what a frog was. I said yes, he knew what a frog was, but the picture was not a frog, so he wasn't going to say "frog." The front of the picture was a frog, but the back half was a toad!!! The teacher had no idea what I was talking about. -- Jenni
bulletMy two year old reads the sight words “but” then “see” then chuckles to himself and says “That’s funny… see but.” -- Matt
bulletMy two year old is constantly wanting to know proper body part names. Asking the babysitter about her nostrils when she visits, and saying things like: “it’s not spit, it’s saliva.” “Food doesn’t go in your tummy it goes in your stomach.” -- Matt
bulletMy two year old found a loop hole in the potty training system. He used to go potty once every hour or two then he realize that he got a treat for going a little bit. The kid managed to get over twelve treats in less than an hour. -- Still Matt
bulletI was explaining to my younger son that there is only one moon, when my six year old said “Actually, it depends on what planet you’re on.” -- Matt, again
Matt adds, "The last four things were things that were happening this week. They sure keep you on your toes."
bulletAt Disney World your 2 yr old holds up the picture line by trying to convince Winnie the Pooh that he spelled tail wrong on the chalkboard (she was right - it was spelled tael)- I have a cute picture of the conversation. -- Diane
bulletAfter telling your 3 yr old in a restaurant that she cannot have ice cream for dessert because they don’t have any, she turns to the page on the menu and shows you that they do. -- Diane, again
bulletMy three year old types his name on the computer then decides to change it to Arabic. I didn’t even know there was that setting. --Matt
bulletWhile standing in the women’s bathroom my three year old asks me what a sanitary napkin is and why people would flush it. -- Still Matt
bulletA few weeks after our son turned 3 we ate dinner at a local steakhouse that had a bison head mounted on the wall. We explained to him what a bison was, telling him that they have a body type similar to cows and sometimes people call them buffalos. The conversation moved on to something else but just before leaving he said,
     "Mom, buffalos are like God."
     "Really," I said, "how is that?"
     "Well, buffalos are like cows, cows are everywhere and God is everywhere, so buffalos are like God." His first proof. It was even more amazing because his father and I are agnostics. God doesn't come up in conversation that often at our house. -- a friend
bulletYour 3 year old insists that the last onion can't go in the refrigerator alone because he might be scared so he puts in in the bag with the garlic because they are cousins. --Heather
bulletYour 4 year old decides she wants to camp in the pop-up camper, so she changes clothes, sneaks out the front door, around the house (in the dark) and into the camper by herself. Her only reaction when we found her was to ask for the light to be turned off. --Heather
bulletYour 8-year-old corrects you on the difference between the atomic level and the quantum level. --Heather
bulletWhen your 5-year-old steals your 9-year-old's math homework and returns it completed...with every answer correct. --Jennifer
bulletYour three-year-old says thoughtfully, "Mom, I guess when I grow up I'm gonna have to get married to the second most beautiful girl in the world"! Mom says, "But why? You will marry the most beautiful girl in the world." "But I can't Mom, you're the most beautiful girl in the world, and I can't marry my mom!" --Carrol
bulletYour 4-year-old asks if space goes on forever, like numbers never stop? I say, that's called infinity, and yes, as far as we know. Then he jumps off the coffee table yelling "To infinity! And beyond! " --Amanda
bulletAt age four, he requested that I exit the expressway near Chicago at an exit known only to him. He excitedly explained that there is a really cool neighborhood of mid-century modern homes which he wants to tour. I followed his instructions and found the cute neighborhood guided by my four-year old. He also got me safely back on the expressway. He had seen it on Google Earth. --Maria
bullet...when at 4 he finds a college text on Boolean algebra and _understands_ it enough to create circuits on his snap kit that demonstrate the various Boolean gates. Then he asks you relentlessly to explain Boolean math. You hesitate because he's only 4. But then he wears you down and you explain it and he gets it right away and then asks "what happens after base 10 when you run out of numerals for the last number in each digit?". After my explanation that letters are used, he wanted to know what happens when we run out of letters. --Mary
bullet...when at age 2, you take him into the ladies' room and reads the sign about not over stuffing the toilet. When we leave the stall, the woman next in line looks confused and asks where my other child is? --Mary
bullet...when your baby reads while nursing! --Jennifer
bullet...when your 8 year old starts playing with a logic puzzle on a counter in a local store. The instructions say that it takes an adult an average of 1 hour and 20 minutes to solve the most difficult level. He does it in 7 minutes (with an audience watching). --Kim
bulletYou know your child is gifted when the charter school you are touring suggests that he skip two grades instead of one. Then when discussing curriculum they caution that the literature component could be too mature. You, your child and the school administrator review the book list only to find that your child has read half of the list for the grade two years above his current level. Your child continues to peruse the list and looks at the material three years ahead and murmurs almost to himself, “Oh yes, yes. I know that book. I didn’t recognize it because you cited the wrong author”. The school administrator responds slightly embarrassed but humbly recognizes he is right." --A Momymous
bulletShe was 2 and a half. Everybody seemed to give her baby dolls back then so she had several. Most of them were dressed in pink but one had a blue outfit on. Every time she picked one up I was in the habit of saying "That is a girl baby," or "That is a boy baby." based on the color. She used to get mad at me and say "NO! Mommy, it's JUST A BABY!" This went on for a while until one day I ask her "What do you mean?"
     She said "It's NOT a boy baby. It's NOT a girl baby. It's just a BABY!"
     "No, see you can tell if it's a boy or girl by the color it's wearing. " I explained.
     She sighed, rolled her eyes, grabbed the doll, pulled it's clothes off, pulled it's diaper down and said " See? No privates. It's just a baby." --Rachel
bulletWhen she was 3 and a half, I was driving her home from day care and we passed St. Mary's cemetery. She saw the three huge wooden crosses silhouetted against the sky and asked me; "Mommy, do Christians believe that Jesus is coming back?". "Yes," I answered. " Well, if they want him to come back, why do they keep putting up so many crosses? If I were Jesus and I came back and saw all these crosses I would think they were just planning on killing me again." --Rachel
bullet...when my 2 years, 8 months old son says some letters randomly when I am putting the clothes in the washer, and I asked what are you doing. He responded quickly the alphabet reversely meaning Z...A and that too in 15 seconds. Wow! Now he is 3, he does read a Hop on Pop book from library and can associate the alphabet to numbers, i.e. given him any letter and he will tell you the number of it. And he can count more than 100. --Anuja
bullet...your almost-3 year old asks you for "homework" like her older brother has, and you hand her a 1st grade math work book (the only thing you can find right then that looks like "homework") and a crayon and tell her she can draw in that. When you look up ten minutes later, you see that she has completed the first three pages - correctly. When you ask her, puzzled, how she even knew what to do since she can't read yet, she replies: "There's an example on top of each page that shows you what to do. Duh." -- Signe
bullet...your almost-3 year old wants to complete a Connect-the-Dots work book with numbers from 1 to 50. You say it may be too hard for her, but tell her to go ahead and try. Sure enough, she draws what appear to be completely random lines between numbers. You say: "I think that book is too hard for you, honey, let's find something easier." And she replies: "No - hang on, I just thought of ANOTHER funny way of doing this: Backwards! Watch this!" And she connects the dots, quickly and correctly, going backwards from 50 to 1! (Looking back over the other "wrong" sheets she did, you realize that she has not connected those dots randomly either, but in some intricate patterns you can't quite figure out.) -- Signe
bullet... when you have a conversation, and subsequent Google search, with your 9 year old about the best possible education options to allow them to be involved with a  research opportunity at CERN. He wants to be involved with the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle.

You already realized that your 9 year old has exhausted your Masters level of education and that Google is your best friend.-- Shoshana

bulletBy the time our son was two he had completely mastered a 48-piece floor puzzle of the solar system, including memorizing the planets and various important facts about them such as the number of moons and their sequence from the sun. He loved the puzzle so much that he wanted to put it together again and again every day. One day, as my wife and I were going about our business, we noticed that our then 2-year old son had turned all the pieces of the puzzle over so that the plain white side was facing up. He had decided to challenge himself by putting together the puzzle without seeing the picture. We watched in amazement as he quickly assembled the puzzle upside down from memory based on nothing but the shape of the pieces. -- Jon
bulletNow our son is almost eight. The other day, on a routine trip to the bookstore, he discovered a book about the periodic table of the elements. It was designed for older children, with fun cartoon representations of each element. Nonetheless, the book described the origins of the periodic table and discussed the properties of many of the elements individually, based upon how they are organized in the table. Even better, it provided many of the numbers associated with each element (atomic number, atomic mass, etc.). Our son was thrilled. He raced home with his new book and read it from cover to cover in about two hours. Then, he read it again. Then, he sat down with paper and pencil and organized all the elements alphabetically. Then he started creating math problems for himself out of all the various numbers. Then he created word scrambles and crossword puzzles out of the names of the elements. Then came the questions: How many protons does hydrogen have? How big is an atom of rutherfordium? From there we headed to the internet for the answers, which always leads to more questions. At least it helped him move on from his previous focus on stars, black holes and other astrophysical phenomenon. Just another day in the life... -- Jon
bulletWhen my 16 month out just brought her clothes and demanded to get dressed. Then said SHOES! and had me put them on, banged on the patio door until I opened it and said THANK YOU. Then proceeded to pick up a maple leaf, handed it to me and said ONE. Did it again, said TWO and repeated until we reached 5 maple leafs. Then went back inside and started to play with her doll house. I'm sitting here wondering what the plan for five maple leafs is and when did she learn how to count to five? -- Danette
bulletLast night before dinner, my 8-year-old daughter kept trying to bring in a toy from outside. It was a plastic toddler-size desk with a whiteboard on top. I kept telling her it was an outside toy (I didn't want it cluttering my kitchen). After several attempts, I finally heard her say, "But I want to teach L (her younger sister) something." So, I let her bring it in. She proceeded to teach my 7-year-old daughter algebra! The 8-year-old wrote up an algebra lesson on the whiteboard. They both excitedly discussed it, and I printed some on-line algebra worksheets for them. The 8-year-old made the "answer key", while the 7-year-old worked through the problems.

Do you think I felt guilty for discouraging her? -- Kelly
 bulletYour nearly-9-year-old comes home from school and says, "Today was library day, and I got a bunch of _I Spy_ books because my frontal lobe is stronger than my occipital lobe." 
     "My frontal lobe is the part of my brain that does the thinking, and the occipital lobe is good at visualization. I Spy helps my visual skills get stronger.  And this explanation proves my frontal lobe is stronger."
     This, after a walk home where he talked about how he loves stuffed animals because they are cute and cuddly and always listen. -- Liz
bulletOur vet called me this morning, more than a bit concerned.  Is it our cat, newly diagnosed with a congenital heart defect?  No.  It's her third-grade daughter, who has started finding creative ways to make the so-far-month-long monotony of second-grade review a little more interesting...  Uh, oh. -- Carolyn K.
bulletMy 13 month old is smarter than I am. She's manipulating me. And she's doing it without me realizing. In the last few weeks she's started throwing tantrums to get her way. Proud of my parenting prowess I choose to ignore her tantrums. Up until this week it was working then she decided to punish me by climbing as high as she can get in any room and jumping off.

This morning during a play group I'm explaining to my friend that baby girl is driving me crazy when she looks at me and points out that the child has forced me into paying attention to her. So now I've figured out she's forced me into no longer ignoring her in such a way that I can't continue the punishment. She climbs high enough I'm forced to catch her or risk serious injury. How did I miss this?

In the mean time her best friend is a very, very bright 2 year old who spent this week teaching her how to remove safety plugs from the outlets in return for showing him how to open baby gates. She's organized all the other kids into waiting on her hand and foot at play dates--one will bring her toys while another feeds her goldfish one by one. And being scolded results in licking my nose and giggles. Please tell me it's not the end of the world if she grows up to be a criminal mastermind... -- Danette

bulletYour 5-year-old comments, "It's funny. Iron ought to be a noble gas." Huh? you say, it isn't even a gas. "Yes, and there is such thing as iron oxide. But it's number 26 in the periodic table, which is 8 more than argon, so it should have a full outer shell of electrons." -- Perdita
bulletMy three year old daughter wakes me at 6:00 a.m. with the urgency of a kid whose hair is on fire, demanding to know; "When does God get here?!" Opening one eye, I ask, "What?" She clarifies for me; "You know, Santa Claus comes at Christmas, the Easter Bunny comes at Easter. When does God get here?" Understanding the significance and far-reaching implications of her question, I breathe deeply for a moment and then answer, "God is here every day, all around us and in everything." Satisfied with that answer, she goes back to her "work" and I go back to sleep! - Kathryn
bulletThis same child, at eighteen months of age, sitting in her high chair with one of her books, called me over asking, "What are these?" I stepped away from the dishes I am washing to see what she is pointing at. "Oh, those are called page numbers". I go back to the sink. She starts flipping the pages, calling each page number out loud, correctly. The book had eighteen pages. I stood at the sink, with the hair on the back of my neck standing up. - Kathryn
bulletAnd her younger brother, at two and a half: While I am reading a book to my daughter, who then reads the page back to me, her younger brother comes racing by in his diaper. My daughter gets stuck on a word and, much to my surprise, asks her brother to read it to her. I explain to her he does not know how to read. Angrily she exclaims, "Yes he does!" He toddles over to us, looks at the page and reads the whole thing out loud, correctly. Then, with his hands under his arms and flapping his elbows like a bird, he runs off, singing, "I don't know how to read! I don't know how to read!" my daughter looks at me and says, "See?" -- Kathryn
bulletOur driveway is often decorated with chalk drawings or games such as hopscotch or four square. Yesterday I noticed that my 9-year-old had been keeping score for something. Not only were the points recorded in chalk, but she also had the range, median and mode. Wonder what the neighbors think? -- Sheryl
bulletWhen my just-turned-6-year-old son ensured the "Santa Stop Here" sign was facing North so that Santa would see it. -- Leonie
bulletWhen visiting and checking into a prospective pre-school, I brought my 2 1/2 year-old son along. He observed the room but he noticed their 3-D revolving solar system. Right away he shouts out, 'Mars is missing'. Sure enough it was. -- Maria
bullet...Your 6-year-old and 11-year-old discover anime and manga, and a year later they are deep into self-study of Japanese language and writing. -- Liz
bulletThis morning my kids and I had a lot of fun walking around the neighborhood looking at the yard sales and having a BBQ. The kids were all saying thanks and talking about the books they found. I asked, "Who is the best mom in the whole world?"  All of the other kids laughed and said, "You are, mom." But my old-soul 6-year-old said, "Boy, that is quite a puzzle. I think you are a good mom and you do good things. But I have only experienced one mom. There are millions of moms in the world so, if you are looking for a compliment, I will say you are. But I really can not possibly know for sure. Even if I did know every mom in the world, it would just be my opinion, not a fact." :-) That'll teach me to ask a cocky rhetorical question to my very literal son. -- Heather
bulletOn the day my 6-year-old promoted to the first grade Sunday School class, he marched in and announced to his teacher, a high school math teacher, “I know what 27 + 27 is. It’s 54!” Surprised, she asked, “How do you know that?!” He stated confidently, “Because 20 + 20 is 40, and 7 + 7 is 14, and 40 + 14 is 54!” The amazed teacher replied, “I wish you’d come explain that to my algebra students!” -- Nan
bulletMy 5-year-old had a geography assignment to write the names of nearby towns that were to the north, south, northeast, southwest, etc. of his community. He not only wrote the names of the towns, but also their populations – from memory! When he realized that one of the towns was not directly northeast of his community, he wrote a clarification in the book: “north northeast”! -- Nan
bulletMy son, who is four years old, has been writing stories for two years. I can only share these with a handful of people who "understand." He loves to use MS PowerPoint to write, illustrate, and animate his stories. He has been doing this for two years. During the same time frame, he also expanded his art work to creating fully animated karaoke programs. Lately he has been writing, directing, and producing his own little movies. These are definitely not going to win an academy award, but I think they are so cool for a 4-year-old. He posted his latest, a music video, on YouTube. (He loves YouTube.) So, shamelessly, I'm posting the link here. Where else can I hope that folks will appreciate it :-)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWkVO6Bp8VM -- Sars
Editor's Note: Sars posted this on one of the gifted support mailing lists.  If you could use a little support and a safe place to brag about your gifted kids, try subscribing to one of these communities: Gifted Mailing Lists, Message Boards, Blogs
bulletYour 6-year-old is bored with her Barbies. So when there's a project on Egypt, Barbie is, well, mummified. And a paper mache sarcophagus is made. The sarcophagus shrinks as it dries, so Barbie doesn't fit. Never mind, I'll amputate, says your daughter gleefully, and off come the feet. Perfect fit! Mummies and sarcophagi are much more interesting than ordinary Barbies! -- Helen
bulletYou know your 9-year-old is gifted when he climbs into bed with you early in the morning, falls back asleep, and then IN HIS SLEEP recites: "The Pythagorean Theorem is A squared plus B squared equals C squared." -- Shulamit
bulletWhen my goddaughter (GD) and her mom have this tradition called "ice cream situations." If one of them has a bad day they can call an ice cream situation and they'll go and get a pint of Ben and Jerry's and find a place to cuddle and eat the ice cream. Yesterday GD got out of preschool and she was upset (she hates preschool) so her mom asked what was wrong and GD said, "mommy, it's an ice cream situation. A Funky Monkey one, not a Cherry Garcia one. -- Angie
bulletWhen your three and a half year old, who taught himself how to read a bit before two, and then self-taught the Hebrew alphabet (and some Hebrew) at two and a half, and picked up some Italian in the interim, sees the Greek alphabet and asks to learn that, too. You get to the lambda, and he cries out "that's just like a Hebrew gimmel, but gimmel is a 'g' sound, and lambda is an 'l!' That's so cool. I love Greek!" He then begins bouncing on his bed yelling out his just- learned Greek alphabet "alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon... I'M LEARNING GREEK! YIPPEEEE!!!" and then "Mama, I have to pee: can you come with me?" -- Sarah
bulletMy older daughter was an early reader, and has always been socially asynchronous. Her preschool teacher told me in the spring, when my daughter was a few weeks past 4, that "she really appreciated and was amazed by how our daughter dignified the answers of the other children." My daughter would listen to others, and then generously referencing the answer of another child, she would extend their thought into another realm or level of concept. Her tone was never a put-down, but rather the notion that the other child would continue his/her thought in this (her) manner if s/he had more time or more words. My daughter is now 22.  She finished a double major in French and English, and is now in graduate school in an ELL program. She tutors at a Hmong high school in all content areas. -- Teresa
bulletMy younger daughter has strengths in visual perception and touch. She wanted to know the geometric names of the shapes of all of my (big 1980's) earrings when she was 2 and 3 years old, and she would remember them and apply the terms to other objects independently. She would tell me at a second-hand shop that "this scarf is not silk, Mommy" by feeling it. She used to count things for the sheer joy in it. As a preschooler she would count the number of seconds it took for traffic lights to change, and could then predict when to "go". After we had large garage sales, we would close down and clean up the outside, and be surprised (the first time) to find our 6-year-old already spreading out all the bills and coins on the living room floor to count them; she was accurate with amounts up through $900. We never showed her how to do it.  She is now 19, a graphic arts and design major with computer science minor, and will probably complete her B.F.A. in 3 years. -- Teresa
bulletYour 2 year old loses his balloon and yells, " Quick! Someone get me an airplane!" -- Steven
bulletYour 4 year old decides to finally show you how well she can read and write by writing a letter to Santa all on her own in two minutes... requesting a computer! -- Jenna
bulletMy son was always coming up with interesting connections. When he was 16 months, his father was tossing a tennis ball straight up as high as he could. When he stopped, my son ran to the ball and picked it up proclaiming, "Oh Poppa!! Ball moon sky!!! Ball moon sky, more!" -- Wada
bulletWhen he was 19 months we were driving in the night across Nebraska when he asked, "Momma, is the moon a hole or a ball?" I asked him what he thought, he said, "It's a ball, but it looks like a hole in the darkness with the sun shining through." Wow. -- Wada
bulletThen when he was 4, we were driving at night again when he asked, "Momma, why are the trees darker than the darkness?" -- Still Wada
bulletOur other son, 8, is our quiet boy.  I often wonder what gems of wisdom and insight we've missed from him because his brother runs circles around him in the talking department.  One observation he recently made to our friend was, "I don't feel the war in Iraq will ever heal.  It needs to be left alone to grow and develop as the people there determine.  America needs to pull out of there and put all of its resources into the coast guard to protect us from terrorist.  We need to block the seas as well as the lands.  I know it seems isolating but it is the only way to preserve our sense of safety and well-being.  That's what the terrorists have stolen from us. My little guy is scared of terrorism and I didn't even realize it. -- Wada
bulletMy son's K teacher was doing an exercise with the kids about different kinds of words--words for people, animals, places, and objects. First, she asked the class if there were any people in the classroom. Everyone said, "Yes! We're people!" Then she asked if there were any animals in the classroom. There was silence since they don't have any class pets. Then my son said "dust mites!" -- Cathy
bulletMy soon to be 4-year-old started playing a game of "What goes with" after reading a book which had riddles. When it came to...
    What goes with books? His answer "Bookmarks."
    What goes with Theory? His answer "Albert Einstein."
    What goes with eyes? His answer "Pupils and eyebrows."
    What goes with the planets? His answer "The sun and satellites."
    What goes with a naughty boy? His answer "Naughty Corners."
He also loves homophones, synonyms and antonyms. -- Bharathy
bulletMy son, age 6, comes into the kitchen today and announces that, "I am just like Pluto. I am small and always cold and people always try to downgrade me by saying I am just a little kid." -- Heather
bulletYour 6-year-old is struggling with cutting some tape for a craft project and finally succeeds in getting a somewhat mangled piece off the roll. He looks at it and then exclaims in delight, "Hey, look - a Mobius strip!". -- Elissa
bulletI took my daughter to her 4-year-old check up. The pediatrician started asking her developmental questions, pointing out letters both upper and lower case for her to identify. Then the pediatrician  asked my daughter if she could count to ten. My daughter looked her right in the eye and said "Well, yeah, I'm very intelligent!" The young intern who was working with the pediatrician  busted up laughing and asked the pediatrician  "Well, does that answer your question?" -- Julie
bulletSome kids have imaginary friends. When my daughter was three she was an imaginary friend. C had an alter ego named Krissy. C was 3, however Krissy was 15. C does not like not tamale candy, but Krissy does. She would only answer to the name Krissy at times "I'm not C, I'm Krissy." And couldn't understand why she couldn't write her name as Krissy on her preschool papers. She no longer needed to hold my hand in the parking lot because "Krissy" was 15 and wasn't a baby any more. C and Krissy were "cousins". -- Julie
bulletMy 8 1/2 year-old son had drawn an interesting diagram on his Magna-Doodle. It looked kind of like the flux diagrams that I remember from physics classes oh so many years ago... 
    "What's that drawing?" I ask.
    "It's a Klein bottle,"  he replies.
    "OK... What are those arrows?"
    "It's hard to explain. It's like the direction that water would flow around the bottle, if gravity weren't pulling on it."
Oh. So it is a flux diagram. But in four dimensions. -- Dan
bulletMy 4-year-old daughter was watching my 17-year-old make dinner, which includes a sauce made (primarily) of tomato paste and vinegar. She walked over to me and told me, "The pH of the sauce is less than 7." She also came back a few minutes later and asked, "What if we added baking soda?" She likes chemistry experiments that end in an explosion... -- Brandel
bulletMy daughter was a math kid - and could count almost as soon as she could talk. When we put her into a pre-school, the 3-year-old class had to count to ten for their first "report card." My daughter came home with hers stating she couldn't... which confused me. So I asked her to count.. after a "heavy-not-again-sigh" she counted. The next day I questioned the teacher who stated that she called each child up and asked them to count privately, and my child couldn't do it... that she randomly called out numbers... I asked my daughter to count... again the heavy sigh and counting... the teacher asked her why she didn't do that yesterday. My daughter informed her that she did, and added "you didn't say do them in order." When she said that, the teacher realized she had named every number from 1 to 10, didn't skip one or repeat one, they just weren't in order. -- Tami
bulletMy 5-year-old Cheetah, being tested for Kindergarten, was sitting across from an examiner. The man would hold out his fingers and say really slowly "How many fingers am I holding up?" My cheetah patiently answered correctly for a few turns and then suddenly started giving numbers much higher than what the examiner was holding up. I was confused until it dawned on me that my cheetah was doing a running score of how many fingers were being held up because he was bored. The tester was dumbfounded when he realized it. Those cheetahs... when they run fast, they are out of sight. -- Danielle
bulletIt is my daughter’s 100th day of school project from Kindergarten. The teacher told them to go home and make a project that included 100 of something. She decided she wanted to do 100 animals at an African watering hole. She made eggs for many of the animals and counted them when tallying up the total #. She also made sure to only include African animals (so you won’t see any tigers or pandas). Another thing I just noticed looking at these old pictures is that she (accurately) made the female lion hunting. She had just turned 6... -- Rachel
bulletYou know you're the parent of two gifted children when you are doing Isaac Asimov's Super Quiz at the dinner table and the question is, "Who said, 'Eureka!'" Your 7 year old says, "Wasn't that the guy who got into his bathtub and displaced the water?" Then your 4 year old shouts, "Archimedes!" -- Cathy
bulletYour 5-year-old points out from reading the labels, that two pills of the very expensive children's Motrin is the same dosage as a single pill of the very cheap generic ibuprofen the rest of the family uses. I double-checked with our doctor (who wasn't at all surprised that Cheetah figured this out), and she's right, it's the same dosage. "See Mom?  I saved you money!" -- Carolyn K.
bulletYour 4 year old receives a "Shark Tube" (a collection of a dozen or so small plastic sharks), and announces that it really should be called a "Cartilage Tube" when he spys the sting ray that was included with the sharks. -- Maria
bulletYour 4 year old invents and uses new Roman numerals to represent numbers higher than 5000. "GGGLQQHMDCCXXIV". -- Brian
bulletYour preschooler insists on being the "banker" in Monopoly. -- Brian
bulletYour preschooler can recite the opening lines to all of the Cosmos episodes. -- Brian
bulletYour preschooler seems to have facility with fractions, exponentiation, and basic algebra--and you aren't sure where he picked it up. Then you drop in on him at his school and find him helping one of his teachers with her college mathematics homework. -- Brian
bulletYour 4 year old starts writing his name with "Ph.D." after it. Mommy and Daddy both have Ph.D.'s, so he thinks it must be a hereditary trait. -- Brian
bulletYour 7 year old asks what the X at the beginning of a chapter means. 5 minutes later he is adding and subtracting using Roman numerals up to 100. (He would have gone higher but I couldn't remember them.) I had to remind him not to do use them for his in school math assignments. -- Erica
bulletAnd you know you are raising two gifted children when, to pass the time on a 4 hour drive, your 15 year old teaches your 9 year old logarithms. As mental math. -- Debbie
bulletYour 6 year old watches his 12 year old sister using a graphing calculator, grabs your old calculator and gets upset when it won’t graph. -- Debbie
bulletYou take your 9 year old to an Italian museum that has ceiling frescos and when you come to a room that has lots of Roman gods and goddesses, she looks at the ceiling and says “Mom, why do all the other gods have their wives with them but Neptune has his sister?” (They were not labeled—she figured it out by their attributes.) -- Debbie
bulletYour 9 year old comes down from bed, an hour and a half past bedtime, with tears in her eyes: “Mom, its so sad when Patroclus dies” (She’s been reading Homer unabridged under the covers.) -- Debbie, once again
bulletYou catch your 7-yr-old in her room with one of her wrapped Christmas presents, a tape measure, and a small notebook, making "calculations" to try and guess what's in her present! :She was measuring length, width, depth, and diagonals. Shaking it and writing down the results. She was even trying to figure out the weight of the wrapping paper and bow, and subtract that from the overall weight of the present. She was recording all her calculations in the notebook. -- Jill
bulletLast Christmas our then five year old declared that Reindeer weren't real. When we asked him why, he said that they were like Santa - he's not real either. We started looking for ways to "prove" to him that they were real, but realized that everything could be faked - TV, internet, pictures. We ended up detouring to a farm that raised reindeer to show him that they really existed. This year he acknowledged they are real, but was very insistent that they can't fly. -- Amerika
bulletIn my case, it's "... should have known ..." -- I was definitely clueless!  My 3-year-old daughter was swinging on her swingset and shouted "Mom! Look what I can do with my prehensile toes!!!" as she picked up a branch off the ground using one foot.  And on another swinging occasion at dusk, a bat flew overhead: "Mom! I can hear its echo-location!!" 
     And what were clueless mom's thoughts? "Man, she's been watching way too much TV."  (Her favorite channel was Animal Planet.) -- Deb
bulletYou pick up your 2-and-a-half-year-old from preschool and have this conversation:
Mom: "What did you do at school today?"
Child: "We did the letter M."
Mom: "Did you have a good time?"
Child: "Mom, I want to get to Z!"
Mom: "Why is that?"
Child: "Because I know all the letters already!"
Mom: "Well, if you got to Z, then what would you do?"
Child: (wistfully) "Silent E..."
-- Cathy
bullet Your 8 year old daughter puts a tiny Polly Pocket doll into an empty, unplugged plug-in air freshener, turns to you and says "Look, I made her an MRI."
The same 8 year old child points out (after watching the Dr. Seuss cartoon "The Zax") that if you keep going north (like the North-going Zax, who claims to ONLY go north), eventually you will start going south, and vice versa....while if you were to go east or west, you will always be going in the same direction...and then proceeds to demonstrate on her inflatable globe. -- both from Morgan
bulletMy 4-year-old daughter watched a friend of ours fixing your iMac (turned out to be the motherboard), transfixed by the whole software and hardware process.  The next week, my dear husband was giving both kids a bath and was getting frustrated with them not listening. Finally he burst out with "Why won't you two cooperate?". To which my daughter responded "Cooperation has not yet been installed. Would you like to install it now?". --
bulletYour 3-year-old responds to a new adult acquaintance’s question, “Are you in preschool?” with the reply, “No, I’m homeschooling, which means that you don’t have to take a break during the summer!” -- Marynna
bulletWe were driving somewhere with his grandparents and my 2-year-old asked me a question. I honestly replied, "I do not know sweetie. I have NO idea." He thought about my obviously unsatisfactory response, then carefully asked again, "Well, do you have a YES idea, then?"  I knew then, that I would have my hands full. --Amy
bulletAs we were riding in the car the news came on the radio. The reporter began a story about a polygamist that was arrested in Utah. My 8 year old daughter asked me to explain what a polygamist was and I did, and then I said the word was related to polygon. My daughter replied, “Oh yes, I see, it’s exactly like the polytheists of ancient Egypt.” -- Karen
bulletWe were playing a rhyming game. In turn, each of us would say a random word (not too easy) and then come up with a few rhymes for it. After 4 rounds, my 6-year-old blurted out "VIOLIN" and we were all silent for about 5 seconds. Then he said, "MYELIN" to make the rhyme. I stared at him, and he responded by touching his body and declaring, "It's something in your body." -- SW
bulletI don't know what  sparked him to say it, "I just don't get kids...they only like the things they're good at, and then it's boring--in like, two seconds."  So, if he isn't a "kid" at 8, what is he? -- SW  Another mom answers... An old soul?
bulletMy three-year-old decided to tell her grandparents what it was like in Mommy's belly. " I started out tiny and then grew bigger and bigger. Then I just wanted to get out, paint my nails and get some knowledge." -- Jennifer
bulletMy son recently decided to raise guppies, and was looking up guppy genetics and not really finding what he was looking for.  I suggested he look up Mendel and went to bed. When I woke up the next morning he was discussing specific dominant and recessive guppy traits and the benefits of outcrossing vs. line breeding.  He hasn't shut up about guppies for more than 30 minutes in months. He's planning to sell his baby guppies to the neighbors; his back-up plan is to sell them back to the store.  He is ten. -- Brandy
bulletMy friend's 2-year-old daughter showed me a nature "trading card". I looked at it and said to her, "Oh, you have a picture of an alligator!"  She looked at me in horror and said, "No, it's a caiman!"...and she was absolutely right! -- Morgan
bulletI brought my 8 1/2 year old daughter on a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As we strolled through a certain gallery, I explained to her that some of the paintings were done by Monet, a very famous artist. She replied, "You mean they're Impressionism?" -- Morgan
bulletMy 6-year-old was starving and dinner wasn't ready yet. He was begging for something to eat but I didn't want him to spoil his dinner. I had just put the pasta in the boiling water and looked at the box to see exactly how many minutes it would be before he could have his dinner. I showed him that it would only be 12 minutes (according to the box). He looked at me as if in horrible pain and shouted "But Mom, that's 720 seconds!!!!!" -- Christine
bulletOver dinner, my 5-year-old expressed concern that the carbon dioxide causing bubbles in Dad's beer is poisonous. In the ensuing discussion about the atmosphere, I point out that oxygen is only about 17% of the air we breathe. I am corrected, "Actually Mom, it's 21%." -- Elissa
bulletWe were on holiday with my 17 month-old son.  We were at an art gallery, which had a balcony that was at the same level as the tree tops, so they had a bird feeder to attract the local parrots.  My son wasn't interested in the art for long, so I had led him onto the balcony to watch the birds, checked it was safe, and was hovering a short distance away. Another patron, a middle-aged man, went out onto the balcony and spoke to my son:
     Man: "Who's that you've got there?"
     Son: "Pingu..." (an amusing claymation penguin character, whose visual humour had my son in stitches)
     M: "He's got a big red nose, hasn't he?"
     S: "It's a BEAK, actually - he's a BIRD.....and anyway, it's orange." (said in the most admonishing tone a toddler can manage)
Well, needless to say, the poor man nearly fell backwards off the balcony in amazement!  He turned around to me, blushing madly, and announced "I think I've just been told off by a baby..." -- Louise, who, in hindsight, should have worked out way earlier that this child was going to be more than just 'quite bright'...
bulletMy son was testing to skip Kindergarten.  He was asked if he could count to 10.  His response was “What ? In English?? He then did it in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, ASL, and Japanese... -- John
bulletFor my son's 10th birthday he and I went to Rome--his choice. I had *no* desire to go at all, but he's a history buff and really wanted to go there. 
     It was awesome! The sights were wonderful. We had a hole-in-the-wall hotel, but that was ok since we were almost never there.  My son knew everything about everything. I thought about hiring a guide in Pompeii, but he said, "That's ok, mom. I can show you around."  I was doubting some of his information.  "This used to be a restaurant. Here's where they would put the food to keep it hot.  Part of this is missing, but there used to be a shelf right here..."  Then we paused to let a tour group go through.  The guide started speaking. "This used to be a restaurant. Here's where they would put the food to keep it hot.  Part of this is missing, but there used to be a shelf right here..."  I was floored.  A couple more things like this and I stopped doubting him. -- Rebecca
bulletOur 2 1/2 year old was with us while we were showing her grandparents a John Stewart about the government skit on the computer. There was lag of course. After watching it with us for about 10 minutes, the lag became so bad, the skit seemed to end. Our daughter looked up at us and said, "Does that man have any more ideas?" -- Jenna
bulletAfter watching the final episode of Star Wars, your 4-year-old asks ..."if Anakin is a Jedi night who is not really a bad guy is really Darth Vader then after he killed all those people will he still go to heaven?" -- Dawn
bulletYour two-year-old is watching a commercial for a lawyer's office and the catch line is: "If you have a phone you have a lawyer!" and he looks at you and says, "Mommy, you have two phones, you have two lawyers!" -- Eta
bulletYou discover your 9-year-old is putting all his homework in a computer folder titled "Stuff the world could do without." -- Allison
bulletFour reasons you know your 9-year-old PG child is going to a school where he's finally found intellectual peers his age:
1. One of his best friends is runner up in a contest sponsored by the state gifted association., winning a trip to DC where he will interview politicians.
2. The school lists this accomplishment in its weekly bulletin and happily allows the boy to ask classmates in class some suggested questions.
3. Son's other best friends says:  "Ask them when they are going to impeach Bush."
4. And the fourth graders actually understand the question, and get the irony. And laugh.
     -- Allison
bulletMy family spent twenty minutes last night trying to identify one of the Flintstone vitamins. We poured them out and found Fred and Wilma, Barney and Betty, Bam-Bam and Pebbles and even Dino.  But we could not figure out the one that looks like an alien. -- Barb 
Another parent replies: It's The Great Gazoo!  The Flintstones
bulletMy 6-year-old son came up with this restaurant joke: What kind of font do they use in restaurants?  Answer: Menuscript. -- Kathy
bulletMy daughter isn't quite 4 yet...
     Knock Knock
     Who's there?
     Howard Who?
     Howard you like to eat at this restaurant?
The real cute part is she came up with this while getting a mild scolding from me about something as we got to a restaurant. She's already using humor to deflect discipline... just like I used to do... that's my little girl! -- Debi
bulletYour three-year-old wants to be a Big Boy for Halloween.  No, not a big boy, a Big Boy. It’s one of the largest successful steam locomotives ever built. It has four lead wheels, two sets of eight drivers each, and four trailing wheels. Heaven forbid I should get any of that wrong! He’s going to be upset that I haven’t figured out a way to include the tender, since all steamies need tenders. “Mommy, you know better!” -- Beth
bulletMy 8-year-old is going to be a math tree... he is working on the design now, he will have roots (square, cubed, etc.) at the bottom, Fibonacci sequence up the trunk, fractals for branches, forgot what he told me the leaves would be -- prime numbers I think... every year he tries to incorporate a math theme :-)) -- Debra
bulletWhen all your sources of covert discussion of cookies are decoded by your two-year-old twins - they learn to spell cookies, they learn Pig Latin, they begin speaking ubbi-dubbi.... You are forced to resort to foreign languages and ever-more-complicated synonyms. -- Nancy
bulletI was just diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. My nine-year-old daughter has been concerned about me getting enough rest and relaxation. Yesterday she decided to help me relax by planning a "spa afternoon" for me. She made signs "Giselle's spa" and then mixed aromatherapy products in a bath for me to relax in, and gave me a facial, a manicure and pedicure. She put on a yoga tape for me to do, and then gave me a back massage. After that she helped my husband make a healthy dinner for me. It was very relaxing, but I was blown away by how thoughtful and selfless she was being (this is a child who usually seems to think the entire world revolves around her and her emotions). -- Sue
bulletYour four-year-old comes out of the bathroom and says he knows what 3 times 3 is. What? you ask, playing along, knowing that he's mimicking his older brother who is learning his multiplication facts. He answers "9." Completely baffled about how he could have figured this out while in the bathroom, you ask the child how he knows that. He answers that his footstool in the bathroom has shapes on it that make a grid and he counted "three rows by three columns." He then goes back into the bath room and says he knows what 4 times 4 is ... It provided a good half an hour of entertainment as he worked his way up. -- Amy
bulletYour 7-year-old gets into trouble at school for not standing during the Pledge of Allegiance. He stands when asked to by the teacher but protests at home afterward --
"Why should I have to stand? I don't stand when I pray at home ..." 
"The Pledge is not a prayer."
"It sounds like a prayer and we talk about God."
"That's true ... but it's really not a prayer."
Finally, you tell him that standing and reciting the Pledge is about being respectful to our nation.
"Oh, o.k. ..." -- Amy
bulletYou're six-year-old asks, when seeing you going to sit down at the computer, "Why aren't you running Nor-Ton?" You have no idea what the child is saying (poor kid has speech issues) -- "What do you mean, Nor-Ton?" Child says, "You know, to keep the computer safe from viruses..." (Duh, Mom!) You begin to get a clue but have no idea where the idea came from until you see the manual for Norton Anti-Virus nearby and it all becomes clear. The manual was, of course, previously on the book shelf. You find out he's been reading it for fun. And yes, he's right -- Norton isn't running. He helpfully tells you he could turn it on for you. You decline and say that Dad (the software engineer) is in charge of which programs are running (thereby successfully passing the buck because now your head hurts with the idea of a six-yr-old who reads computer manuals). -- also Amy, who's got her hands full!
bullet“Why is it never tomorrow? What time does it turn into tomorrow? Can I stay up and watch it? What will it look like?” -- Anne
bulletThey can read backwards before they're potty trained.
At age 3, at 7:00 a.m., when you're barely awake they want to know "What does falling in love mean?" and "What is God made of?"  Sorry, but Mommy doesn't do the "meaning of life" questions until after 9:00 a.m. -- Nadeen
bulletBefore bed your almost-6-year-old son asks, "Mom, are we REALLY alive? or are we just toys that God's grandchildren play with?" -- Paula
bulletYou're not a *real* parent of a gifted child, until you've stepped on a Lego at 3 a.m. -- Shell
bulletWhen you call your 7-year-old daughter to the table... "Okay, put the calculator away now. It's time for dinner."  She replies, "Mo-ooom, I just want to do one more function!!!" -- Tamara
bulletA few days ago, my six-year-old son and I got into the car (one of the very hot days of summer). My son started to put on his seat-belt and touched the metal. He yelped and then looked at me accusingly and said "Mom, you let the molecules move too fast again." -- Erica
bulletWhen your just-turned-5-years-old simultaneously sucks his thumb AND excitedly watches his new pre-algebra video!!! -- Heather
bulletYou are just trying to get your son to come up with three clues for kindergarten "letter E sharing" before bedtime, and you end up having to research and discuss whether electrons are point particles that have no measurable size and how that could be for something that does have mass. -- Yvonne
bulletYour wife is an atheist, you are an agnostic, your 5-year-old has been to church less than 2 times in the last year, yet when he is given 2 children's Bibles (3rd and 4th grade reading level) for Christmas, you get called into the principal's office because your child is the 'Playground Evangelist', spreading the Word on the playground and in the cafeteria of a public school.
     I believe our best advocate in the school is the principal. The teacher and assistant principal were in the meeting, but missed the relevance of the fact that this little Apostle came from a godless home, but I could see the light go on in the principal's head. -- Tom
bullet...when Reading children's bible stories at night with your 5-year-old is challenging..."Mom, I don't know if you're smart enough, but I have a few questions."
     On the creation--"When God made the earth, what made it stay in space?" he did not accept my answers of God being all powerful good enough which led to brief discussions of gravity and the law of physics.
     Adam and Eve--"Why did God make that tree?"  I said to see if Adam & Eve would obey.  "I don't think that was very smart of God.  Because he knew about that crafty snake.  If any part of that apple was in my mouth I'd spit it out immediately.  God sure messed up by planting that tree."
     Noah & the ark--"I understand that Noah was good and he got on the boat with his family and that the other people were bad, but why were their kids bad?  And what about their animals and pets because some animals got on the boat and some animals didn't, so are animals good and bad?"
     Joseph being sold--"The whole problem with this story starts with the dad because he was mostly good and some bad.  He's bad because he had a favorite.  That's just wrong.  It made his brothers upset.  What they did was wrong, but it's all the dad's fault.
     Haaman in Esther story-- "How can one man be so bad that he wants to kill a whole country of people and why would everyone else let him?  It's not fair and very upsetting."
     "Mom, it's okay, we can stop reading--I know you're head is hurting."
bulletOur 7-year-old son wanted to find out when his favorite cartoons were showing. He checked the cable menu only to find that the listings all said TBA. He ran down to Dad and said "Daddy, all the listings for cartoon channels say To Be Annoyed." Now, he giggles when we tell people about this - that he has created a joke that adults find funny. -- Crystal
bulletMy 8-year-old son had missed multiple days of school for the combination of IQ and achievement tests, as the tester kept scheduling him for more sessions as he used up their time allotments before reaching his limits.
     "Mom, if I keep getting the answers right, do I get to miss more school?"
     "OK, Well then, I guess I will keep giving them the right answers."
     "Well, don't you always try to give them the correct answer?"
     "Not exactly, sometimes it is more fun to show them a more interesting answer."
And we wonder why these guys don't always score as well as we think they will! -- Marilyn
bulletWhy would a pig would be eating beef?  I mean, sure...going to the market I understand.  And, if one goes to the market, it's best if one returns home, so that's acceptable.  And the piggie that had none--well that's just a little sad, but not weird.  And then the one who squeals wee wee wee all the way home--he's just doing what pigs do best and I understand him best of all.  But that pig that eats roast beef.  Do you think the pig feels guilty for eating the roast beef?  Perhaps the pig is almost starving and is left without options.  Under those circumstances, if you were the pig, would you eat roast beef?  Do you think there's a roast beef eaters anonymous for little piggies? -- bath time discussion with my 8-year-old -- Cathy
Anyway, the whole pig-beef issue worries me."
bulletI finally realized that the voice I was hearing in my office today was coming from my cabinet. Specifically, it was from my purse inside my cabinet. My precious 9-year-old not only figured out how to record his voice onto my cell phone, but also how to make that recording my new ring tone. It was only after it stopped that I realized that the slightly static voice I'd heard, but been unable to understand, was the recorded voice of my son saying, "Hey, you've got a phone call...  Hey, you've got a phone call..."
     This is the same child that got a real chuckle last year out of using the demo phone at the office supply store to call me while I stood in line at the checkout, and to call home and leave a message.
     Never a dull moment! Does this suggest a future in communications? -- Carol
bulletWe had a variety of molds, including stachybotris, a.k.a. toxic mold. It was actually rather amusing when we went back for an inspection with our attorney and our landlord... Our then 3.5-year-old son had been learning all about stachybotris, so he led the tour. Neither the attorney nor the landlord had any idea what to make of him... -- Corin
bullet(or, Why it's hard to test a two-year-old...)
Tester: Hides an object under a cloth. There is a block sitting nearby.  "What is under the cloth?"
Child age 2: "I don't know, I want a different problem"
Tester: "What is under the cloth?"
Child: "I don't know, lift it up and let's look"
Tester: What is under the cloth?
Twin one " I.... DON'T.... KNOW!!!!!!! but it isn't a block!!!!
Days later I have a similar cloth sitting on the table...child sees it and laughs...."I bet there is a hat under that cloth!" (yes, giving the correct answer that she wouldn't give to the tester.) -- Marilyn
(Note: this is NOT the actual test question, just the child's actual reaction...)
bulletMy five-year-old is a voracious reader - non-fiction only. We went to a flea market and bought him several new books on geography and weather. As we drove home, he was in the backseat reading. "Mommy, did you know that Tennessee is the damnmedest state in the country?"
     I figured I hadn't heard him right. I asked him to repeat himself. "Mommy, Tennessee is the most dammed state in the world."
     OK, so I start getting worried. We don't use that kind of language. Where did he hear that? "It's right here in my book."
     My husband is laughing and making it harder for me to keep a straight face. I ask him to read it word for word. "The Tennessee Valley has more hydroelectric plants than any other region in the world." --  Mary
bulletMy 8-year-old son asked yesterday, "Why doesn't the letter 's' want to be seen with 'c'? Because that would create a 'scene'!"  He cracked himself up. -- Amy
bulletAs you are snuggling your just-turned five-year-old to sleep, he tells you that one classmate is his best friend, and another is his "half" best friend.  A girl he is not so fond of his is one-quarter best friend; a child he dislikes he describes as his "one eighth or even one sixteenth" best friend.
      Then, before falling to sleep, he tells you he loves Daddy "four-halves" and Mom "eight-halves." -- Alison
bulletSuddenly I realized that all of his neediness as a baby wasn't insecurity (that's what the baby books said), it was because I was his conduit to information. Even as a baby he literally expected me to carry him around and show him everything. Throughout his babyhood, I was a dependable transportation and information device. -- Debbie
bulletMy introverted 9-year-old told me recently that he was happy that he now had 5 friends at school. I was rather surprised by this number, and asked him to list them.
      "X, Y, and Z, My Brain and Whatever Book I'm Currently Reading......and I think that My Brain is my best friend, as he's always with me, has lots of interesting things to say and is never mean to me." -- Louise
bulletSo, my 6-year-old comes down tonight and she's made herself business cards. They say: {my daughter}, Kid Gingyus
     "Genius, huh." I say. "If you want people to take you seriously, you might want to spell 'genius' correctly."
     "I'm a MATH genius."
(She doesn't really think she's a genius or anything--she was just joking.)
     So, then we had this whole conversation about why the spelling of words is standardized. She says, "Everyone will know what I mean anyway."
     I say, "But sweetie, we standardize the spelling of words so that everyone can recognize the words. Think about a stop sign. Wouldn't it be so confusing if some people spelled it 'stup' and some spelled it 'stoup' and some 'stop'?"
"Mom, it's a red octagon. Everyone knows what it mean--who cares what it SAYS?"
-- Barb
bulletMy son recently lectured me on the incorrectness of using the word "empty" to describe anything on earth, since technically unless we are discussing a vacuum, there is air filling the space. He's 6. -- Sara
bulletThis morning's breakfast conversation with my 8-year-old including a five-minute mini-lecture on HDL vs. LDL, and the following mind-bending question: "What if DNA were a Moebius strip instead of a double-helix?" -- Sarah
bulletConversation between a mom and her 8-year-old son...
a. I would like to change my name
mom. Why?
a. When I convert it into numerical code, I would like the sum to be prime.  I have tried my first name, and  my last name, and both, but none of them are prime.
mom. Maybe we can find a prime nickname.
a. Ok, great !
-- Marilyn
bulletI remember that day when my son was 3, and I was driving home from his daycare (yes, daycare), and he asked me "What is the biggest number and what is the smallest number?" I told him the numbers just go on and on, and we call it infinity and negative infinity. I had already explained the number line. I was quite certain that the other moms were not explaining infinity on the way home. I think that's when it hit me that this kid was really extraordinary, and suddenly I realized that all of his neediness as a baby wasn't insecurity (that's what the baby books said), it was because I was his conduit to information. Even as a baby he literally expected me to carry him around and show him everything. Throughout his babyhood, I was a dependable transportation and information device. -- Debbie
bulletWhy did my dear child have trouble falling asleep? Because he was trying to do a math problem in his head and was having a wee  bit of trouble turning a base 8 fraction into a base 8 decimal (or is that an octimal?) in his head when he was exhausted! Once I figured it out for him (and he finished chiding himself for not seeing it, because he'd been so tired),  he fell peacefully asleep. -- Meredith
bulletI work in a school and was screening a 5-year-old kindergartener for gifted. I showed him a picture of a hexagon and asked him if he knew what it was. He replied, "Of course I know what it is. It's a hexagon." Then he added, "Actually, if you cut it in half, it is two trapezoids, one on top of the other." -- the Kindergarten teacher
bulletWhen my kids played soccer and they got to chose their own number for the back of their jerseys they always picked 42 and marveled that no on else picked it. So they'd be out there with teammates #1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, etc...and then, 42. -- Kathee
bulletWhen my 18-month-old daughter requested Coke to drink, I went to the refrigerator and grabbed a cup that had Coke from a day or two ago and gave it to her. My daughter said, "Mom, this doesn't taste like Coke, what is it?" So I gave it a taste and said, "I'm sorry, honey, this is Coke but it is flat," and I took it away. I got two steps away from the table when my daughter said, "Mom, I prefer round Coke." -- Sara
bulletWhen my son was just starting kindergarten, he kicked his older sister and was sitting on the couch crying and throwing a tantrum because he got in trouble. (All I have to do is tell him he is in trouble, and he gets upset.)  In the middle of the tantrum, he stopped suddenly and asked me if "kick" was spelled with two k's, two c's, or one c and one k. I explained how it was spelled. He looked at me for a moment, then went right back into his tantrum! -- Karrie
bulletAfter a difficult day with my 6- and 9-year-old, I threatened to finally go back to the working world and hire them a baby sitter. For a moment, I though my 9-year-old would miss me when he spoke up and said "Aw Mom, a baby sitter would never meet our needs, Maybe you should hire a philosopher!" -- Sue
bulletYou have a have a row of clear plastic zip-lock bags on your kitchen bench, which contain all manner of foodstuffs. They are numbered, labeled and dated in true scientific fashion, then left and examined at regular intervals! Your 6- and 8-year-old kids are fascinated to see the decay process 'in action'.  Some went slimy, others grew technicolour 'fur' and others got shiny dots! -- Louise
bulletYou know you're the grandparent of a gifted child when... your grandchildren are visiting, they're playing with the neighbor boy, and the 7-year-old boys are being a bit... like boys.  Your 3-year-old granddaughter puts her hands on her hips, and tells the boys to "Stop that insipid behavior!"  -- Kate  (And her parents don't even know where she learned that word!)
bulletWhen your 2-year-old suddenly begins climbing down out of his high chair at dinner time and, when asked where he's going, says "Go watch Jeapar-wee." And he proceeds to do so, glued to the television until Final Jeopardy is complete.  (He's 15 now and I asked him the other day why in the world he liked the program so, since he obviously didn't know the answers to the questions. He answered, "Mom, I just loved to listen to the words. It was the language." This is a kid that's 12,000 words into writing his first novel, set in an original fantasy world of its own.) -- Carlene
bulletAt 5 we made him try soccer. At the end of the first practice I asked him "How did it go?" and he answered "Mom, you won't believe it! There's this girl, and her dad's a BIOLOGIST!" -- Juli
bulletYour 5-year-old takes an astronomy class, and the teacher asks people to draw a picture of what the Earth would look like if there was no gravity. Everyone else draws the "correct" answer, with people floating away, etc.  Your child draws an asteroid-looking thing.  His response to the confused teacher: no gravity, no atmosphere.  No atmosphere, no life. -- Patti
bulletYour six-year-old is "it." She counts to twenty, unhurriedly says, "Ready or not, here I come..." and then says in a voice pitched just loud enough to carry..."Jaaa-son, I have a piece of chocolate for you."
     Item: she has no such piece of chocolate.
     Item 2: Jason comes at a dead run, where he is promptly tagged and finds himself "it." -- Barb
bulletMy not-quite-3-year-old likes using homonyms as a way of giving me a hard time -- if I say I need a stamp, she'll ask, "Stamp? Like with your feet?" and I'll say "No. I need to mail a letter." "A Letter? You mean like A, B, C?" and so on. -- Donna
bulletYour 7-year-old tells you, "The teachers are really nice people, all of them. And I understand about other kids needing to learn. But sometimes I wonder - what about me, in terms of learning?" -- Allison
bulletYour 2.6-year-old announces that half of his peanut butter and jelly sandwich looks like Utah -- and it does (and you don't live in Utah), and then declares that the other half looks like Montana (He was right -- and we don't live there either!) -- Sarah
bulletWe've never used the word "gifted" to our 6-year-old son, preferring instead to discuss how he learns quickly. On the way home from school the other day, he announced that he "drives his car on the freeway," while "most kids drive on the main roads," and "some drive on the neighborhood streets."
     After a moment to process this analogy, I said (trying to start a discussion on his feelings about school, a situation driving us all nuts) that it would be frustrating for a freeway driver to slow down on the main roads. He agreed and stated he felt like he went to a neighborhood school (speed-wise analogy, remember, not a slam to any local public schools).
     Although I would have given his school a higher speed limit than that, I think it illustrates his current frustration quite well. -- Sarah, and her older son
bulletYour 5-year-old who is just learning to read points to his baby sister's picture book and says the picture is an iguana. Being helpful, I say "No honey, it's a lizard, see, the first letter is an L." He says "No Mom, it's an iguana, lizards can't curl their tails." After checking with the local nature center I discover he is right, of course, and the baby book is wrong! -- Mary
bulletYour about-to-turn-7-year-old requests a Palm Pilot PDA for her birthday, instead of a GameBoy!  Two years later, and she's still using it... -- Carolyn K.
bulletMy daughter (three in a week) was sitting on my lap while we played the "and what starts with the letter ...?" game. I said, "And what starts with the letter "d"?"
     "W."      (Double-you.)
I was a bit unsure of how to respond since she so often is playing the clown. But you know, she's RIGHT! -- Barb
bulletYour 6-year-old's preferred waiting-for-restaurant-service activity is sweetener packet binary math. Sugars (white packets) are 0's (because white has zero color, of course), and blue (or pink) packets are 1's, and then I have to calculate the binary value (she's always up to the 1024's place so far) and see if it matches her calculation. -- Carolyn K.
bulletYou are putting your kids to sleep, telling them quietly "now is the time for all the animals on this side of the world to go to bed - all the boys, all the girls, all the mommies..." and your sleepy seven-year-old interrupts you and says,  "Mom, did you know that early primates were colorblind, which made them nocturnal? So unlike today, they wouldn't be sleeping right now..." -- Allison
bulletMy 4-year-old was riding in the back seat of our car and talking about "doing Math" (she loves to do first grade Math sheets). At one point I said something like "Yes, Math is good for you."  She abruptly replied, "No, Mom, proteins, complex carbohydrates, calcium in any form... these are good for us."  How we got from Math to food - your guess is mine, but I couldn't help but laugh! -- Heather
bulletMy mother, a teacher, said she would try to explain palindromes to my 5-year-old son, because she is currently doing that with her third and fourth graders back home. All she told him is that they are words that read the same frontward and backwards, like "mom." My son sat quietly for a few seconds and then said like "race car." My mom immediately said no, like pop or bob. I had to jump in and tell her to think about race car for a minute... she almost fell out of her chair, it was priceless!! She said she would have had to write it down to see that... -- Debra
bulletYour two-year-old takes up a spatula and bangs out the first few measures of "Ode to Joy" on his little toy piano. I looked at his other mom and said "Fluke." Then he banged out the next few measures, and then after a minute or two, the next few. As if to say, "You think? Not." -- Jay
bulletYour 5½-year-old daughter announces: “I love you THIS much.” With the backs of her hands together.
     You see, “this means none” (palms together) “and this means infinity!” (backs of hands together). -- Ambre
bulletYour tiny 7-year-old begs for a new book, with just Romeo and Juliet, because she can't carry the Complete Illustrated Works of Shakespeare volume around (about 10 pounds!).  But it has to be the original text. 
     So you sit on the floor of the bookstore, reviewing different books of Romeo and Juliet with her, all original text.  First, she finds an error in one of the books... it's missing a key word in a narrative.  She picks another, with a modern translation on the opposite page.  And that's what she buys with her bookstore Christmas gift card...
     And this is the kid who would barely read chapter books a year ago! -- Carolyn K.
bulletI should have known my child was gifted years ago when her teacher complained that she tuned out during class, and seemed to have difficultly focusing on her work. Any parent that hands their 6-year-old a book about ADD/ADHD to read and see if it sound like them, should realize that their child is gifted!
bulletAfter three and a half hours in an art museum, you suggest to your three-year-old that it might be time to leave (because you're exhausted), and she begs to stay: "But mommy, we haven't seen all the paintings yet! Can't we stay a little longer, please?" -- Brenda
bulletWe were at a tourist trap where the offered delights included pink and purple candied popcorn.  I laughingly said to my daughter, then 6, "Well, they have your demographic!"
     She asked what a demographic was, and I broke it down for her, Greek wordroot demos + Greek wordroot graphic, and then I turned down her request for me to buy the aforementioned pink and purple candied popcorn. (I'd seen what Grandma had already bought).  And off we go, to the next tourist trap.
     The kicker? While leaving, I heard the counter-teens talking to each other 'Oh, that's what demographic means." Sigh. I hadn't really even thought I was doing anything odd. -- Karen
bulletYour 7-year-old awakens in the night and you find her devouring the last chapter of the Harry Potter book she started reading earlier that day.
bulletYour 5-year-old comforts you when you've got a cut by saying, "Don't worry, mummy, the platelets will fix that."
bulletThe second time you try to use reverse psychology on your two-year-old, she stands at the balcony, hands on hips, grinning down at you… “Mom, I know what you’re doing.”
bulletA cashier asks you for your phone number on a check, and your 22-month-old answers correctly for you without looking up from her "Arthur" book, then returns her pacifier to her mouth. You just smile and shrug your shoulders at the cashier's incredulous look. After all, YOU don't even know how she learned her phone number!
bulletAt dinner, your five-year-old asks what infinity plus one makes. He isn't really asking, he just wants to tell you his theory that it must be less than infinity.
bulletYou walk into you four-year-old daughter's playroom, where she creates vast and intricate scenarios with all her little plastic figurines, to tell her it's time for preschool. She looks up and says indignantly, "Mom! You are disrupting my game!!"
bulletYour 4-year-old boy on gender differences: "Have you noticed that boys like to solve their own problems and girls like to solve boys' problems? Now that's a problem!"
bulletYour 18-month-old makes his first pun... Says he, holding up the cross shape from his shape sorter, "I'm cross with you mummy", with a cheeky grin on his face.
bulletYour barely four-year-old daughter already attends a preschool for gifted children, where she has learned to read, add, subtract, etc. Nevertheless, she asks to attend night school so that she can learn more stuff. After all, she explains, there is an awful lot to learn.
bulletYour 18-month-old walks from the garage saying "all done" with a screw driver in hand... and a wheel from the tricycle in the other. (yep! I got pictures and 2 neighbors as witnesses...) And yes, she took it all apart.
bulletYou ask the whole family, "Does anyone want P-I-Z-Z-A for dinner tonight?" and your just-turned two-year-old answers, "Yay!"
bulletAfter his first scary movie, your nearly 7-year-old son has a nightmare... He dreamed that he was in a huge, huge library trying to find information about a particular dinosaur... and he couldn't find the information. He raced frantically from book to book, but the research was just nowhere to be found...
bulletYour 2-year-old decides to learn the Latin names of cacti. You can imagine how people look askance at our toddler who could tell an Opuntia from a Candelaria!
bulletYour 4-year-old is watching a show on domestic cats, and sees a gray cat, and exclaims "He's just like Mungojerrie (our white cat) and Macavity (our black cat) tied together!" - Carolyn K.
bulletYour 7-year-old sees the Business Math papers you're grading and asks why all the work is so easy, and then explains what the pupil did wrong on a question!
bulletYour child in kindergarten remembers the spelling of "level" which your 3rd grader is studying . . . she says it's easy because it's spelled the same way front and back, so she only has to remember 3 letters.
bulletA sitter reads a story to your 2-year-old, with the words, "There was a blizzard outside, and it was snowing," and he comments, "That's redundant."
bulletYour son comes down stairs fairly late, and says, "I'm having trouble sleeping, but one good thing is that I thought of a funny joke. Why can't 2x2 +5x + 3 eat?" I don't know, of course... "Because it's a polynomial (poly no meal)!" <very big groan>
bulletAfter hearing your son's joke, a friend's son asks "Why won't 5x + 3 eat at McDonalds?" ... "It's a binomial (buy no meal)!"
bulletYour almost 6-year-old asks how much longer it will be till we get there and you answer, "we are going 70 miles an hour and it's 30 miles away," and she says, "oh.......27 minutes."
bulletYour 2-year-old asks for pizza for dinner while you're at a shopping center, and you tell her there's no pizza parlor here.  She makes you turn around and points out a tiny little window that you never noticed before, that says "Pizza."  Yup, she's right.  But we didn't know she could read! -- Carolyn K.
bulletThe doctor tells your 5-year-old she will give him some goop to put in his sore eye, and he says, "Oh, you mean antibiotic ointment."
bulletYou find your child at 4 a.m. watching a nature video and reading an encyclopedia because he had a dream and wanted to check its factual content.
bulletYour child takes 3 different books along on a picnic to 'classify' any creatures you may come across.
bulletYour 7-year-old asks for Gray's Anatomy for Christmas. -- Carolyn K.
bulletInstead of a poster of the latest teen idol plastered on the wall of her room, there is a Mars Polar Lander Participation Certificate.
bulletVacuuming their bedroom floor is a mammoth task when trying not to disturb the reconstruction of The Battle of Gettysburg (in Lego)!
bulletA waterproof camera is used to try and photograph you know what making it's journey through the 'S' bend in the toilet!
bulletYou go on holiday to Bali, and one of the kids books you into your accommodation, and proceeds to order your first room service meal in perfect Indonesian!
bulletYou are thrilled to discover that you can negotiate with your child at 15 months! Until he starts negotiating back at 18 months.
bulletYour 7-year-old justifies not eating much hated tomatoes after researching pesticides, herbicides and genetic manipulation on the Internet. (These things seem to only affect much hated veggies.)
bulletYou're teaching your 7th grader how to figure out (5*2)2 and from out of the blue your 4-year-old says "100."
bulletYour 6-year-old's favorite stocking stuffer is a calculator because now he can check his square root calculations.
bulletYour 2-year-old disassembles parts of your printer that you didn't know disassembled - and then shows you how they go back together.
bulletYour 7-year-old lets you win a game of chess once in a while so you won't feel so bad.
bulletA casual conversation with your 6-year-old about lending money ends up in a complex discussion about credit cards, interest rates and bank loans. Which is great until he starts calculating the interest you owe him on his overdue allowance ...
bullet... and the above conversation takes place in a grocery line, and you don't think twice about all those people staring at you while they eavesdrop.
bulletYour preschooler helps his teacher figure out the plans for putting together new furniture for the room, and your kindergartener helps the teacher set up the printer.
bulletYour two-year-old figures out she can not only count her fingers, she can also count on them, and she comes to you demanding that you hold out 3 fingers, so she can count how many "free free's" are ... and then goes on to "four four's."
bulletYour five-year-old's favourite bed time stories have nuclear power stations as the central theme.
bulletPeople stop you in the street to compliment your child's published writing, but his teacher complains because he uses big words and doesn't write five-paragraph essays like the other kids.
bulletYour child becomes a vegetarian all on her own because she doesn't want animals to die.
bulletSchool Board members hide in doorways when they see you walking down the sidewalk.
bulletSchool administrators hide in the bathrooms when you're in the building.
bulletWhen your three-year-old son wins a ten foot tall Christmas stocking, he wants to take three toys out for himself and give the rest to the local children's shelter so they'll have new toys at the holidays, too. And that's exactly what he does.
bulletYour 9-year-old packs 3 large boxes of Lego and K'nex for 2 weeks of holidays, but only 2 pairs of undies and one dress.
bulletWhile waiting for your 5-year-old to go to sleep, he asks "Mom, what's your own personal theory of the big bang?"
bulletYou find your 4-year-old trying desperately to get a towel to stay stretched out between the couch and the coffee table, because he is playing space explorer and needs a soft surface since his model ship is landing on Jupiter, which is a gas giant!
bulletYour 4-year-old explains that she can't go to sleep, because her brain is running and running and running, and she can't turn it off.
bulletYour three-year-old gets a new desk, and shyly asks if it comes "complete." "Complete?" "You know, mom, with a computer!" -- Carolyn K.

And the older kids...

bulletYears ago, I wrote a piece about my then two-year old's fascination with "dbo-kane-ohs" and "ercakes" (volcanoes and earthquakes.) We had cookie sheets covered in duplo blocks, vinegar & baking soda demos, and play-do lava pretty much everywhere. "So, sad," he'd say, dumping a tray of lava or shaking a duplo building onto another hapless Barbie doll. It was one of those aspects of his childhood that made me think that maybe ours was not a super-normal household.

Last night I overheard that same little boy (now 18) talking math at a classmate on the phone. It got pretty involved. Engineering design & problem solving class, he explained. Seismic event stress tolerance simulations. His data is "problematic." So, sad. -- Cathy
bulletYou might be living with a gifted child (14) if she starts screaming at the radio, "the plural of hippopotamus is hippopotami!!!!!" And WON'T DROP IT. -- Deb
bulletConversation with G, age 8, last night at bedtime . . .
G: Do you think hand sanitizer would make a fire bigger?
Me: WHAT?!?
G: You know, because it has alcohol in it.
Me: Do NOT try to fire up the hand sanitizer, m'kay?
G: I know, I know, I'm just curious. I heard it on TV.
Me: Let's have another chat in the morning about how we can safely satisfy your curiosity. Maybe we'll check out a YouTube video.
G: Okay.
I may never sleep again. -- Amy
bulletShould I be proud that my 15-year-old son medaled in all his events at Science Olympiad and is going to State, or infuriated that I found pats of BUTTER under his sink (probably from summer camp) today? -- Sajil
bulletYou are sitting at the IEP table with your spouse, 8 teachers and your 14 year old (IEP for Speech, Writing and social issues) and they ask your 8th grader about his post high school graduation plans, since they ask this of all high school students and your son spends part of the day in a 10th grade class in high school. He replies he intends to not attend high school for all 4 years, but to start college early. Since Dear Son has social issues (in 8th grade, not in his 10th grade advanced class) you assume the teachers will scoff at this idea.... but to your surprise, everyone seems to be nodding in agreement and 3 of the teachers at the table recommend specific programs for him.
     Darn! This is WAY DIFFERENT than the meetings in early elementary!!!
     Thanks to all of the BTDTs ("Been There Done That's) from Hoagies, TagMax, etc!
We still have a ways to go, but I am starting to think that the light at the end of the tunnel is NOT an oncoming train! --Tom
bulletYou're driving down the Blue Route (and you all know why it's called the "blue" route), 2 parents, 2 kids, 2 laptops, one connected to the Internet by the cell phone, having just picked up the girls from SATs and talent search Saturday classes, looking up the vocabulary word your eldest wants defined, having read it in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" - just the reading material typical of 13-year-olds, right?  What a picture! -- Mrs. Hoagie, 2005 (before the age of  laptops in cars)
bulletI took my 19-yr-old to the pediatrician today -- our pediatrician sees the kids through college, and my son is about to head to England for a year of study abroad. 10:00 appointment, just a routine check up, the kid goes back right on time, and doesn't come out for over an hour... I had my suspicions, and when he finally came out, I asked him, "So were you two talking about physics again?" "Yep."
      About an hour later, there's a voicemail message on our phone at home. The receptionist from the pediatrician is calling. Is it something medical?
      No. The pediatrician wanted to know if my son would like a pdf on the relativity text they had been discussing, and if so, let him know, and he would email it to him.
      What can I say? They're kindred spirits. -- Tara
bulletYou think your 10 year old son is having a nice telephone conversation with his grandmother; but when you stop to listen you hear him quizzing her on the members of King Arthur's round table, the exploits of Don Quixote, and the setting and characters of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. -- Wendy
bulletDuring a glass-blowing 'enrichment' activity, a 14 year-old has constructed a wiggly glass tube. Asked by the teacher supervising in her most patronising voice, "Oh, are you making a nice snake?" the 14 year-old coolly replies, "It's a sine wave." -- Miranda
bulletMy daughter was 11, doing homework, and was playing with patterns in the repeating decimal representations of fractions. She knew the 9ths pattern, that 1/9 = .1111... and so on. While I was getting dinner ready, she asked me if 1/90 = .011111... Her reasoning connected the movement of the decimal point to the right in decimals with the multiplication of 1/9 by 1/10 as the same operation. She tested her idea out with several examples, and convinced herself that she was right. She was so thrilled that her own hypothesis had checked out! -- Teresa
bulletMy ten year old recently informed me that every person on the planet is connected with out even realizing it. “How so?” I asked. His response: "We exhale atoms containing minute particles of ourselves that in turn are inhaled by other people.  Not only that we have been breathing the same air for centuries so we could have atoms of anyone who has ever lived inside of us." In essence he said "If you hurt another person physically you are actually hurting yourself if you think about it."  If only we all could grasp that concept! -- Jen
bulletIt is our anniversary and my husband wrapped my present (an iPod) in homemade wrapping paper on which he spelled out "Happy Anniversary Heather  Love, "his name"." in Binary! (1's and 0's).  Isn't that sweet nerd love? -- Heather
bulletYour 15-year-old follows you outside to talk to you in private, and checks that no one else is around, then starts jumping up and down and screeching!  Why?  Because it's a few days before she leaves for college, and she just found out that her faculty advisor is also teaching her Calculus III course, AND doing research on P-adic numbers systems!!!! -- Carolyn "what kind of number systems?" K.
bullet...When you find "annular frivolity" on your grocery list. Okay, mine are 19 and 16, but still, I had to go look it up! -- Joni (Editor's note: click for your hint!)
bulletYour homeschooled 12-year-old gets an A on his first college test and then comments, "I suppose I'm in trouble--now that you know I've been underachieving all these years." -- Norma
bulletThis evening, we were reading a regional newspaper and came across an article about graduation, local high school, class of 2005. My daughter absolutely had to write to the editor. (She did not attend the high school, by the way. She was homeschooled.)
To the Editor:
Warmest congratulations to the Hampshire Regional High School class of 2005 not only on their recent graduation, but on one of the most brilliant and elegant pranks that I have ever seen. In your recent article on their commencement, you mentioned that the class presented the school with a wooden plaque reading “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate.” You claimed that the English translation was “Enter Here, in the Spirit of Learning.” What it really means is “Abandon every hope, you who enter.” It is from Dante’s Inferno, Canto III, line 9, and is inscribed on the gates of Hell. Bravo, class of 2005!
Very truly yours, (name omitted for privacy reasons)
bulletYour teen (15) completes the Tim Horton's 3-day staff training in 2 days (first ever at her store, the manager is amazed) and is left on the cash drawer by herself after three hours. -- Patti
bulletAt lunch at a semi-fast-food restaurant, my 14-year-old commented that the new cornbread isn't as good as the old cornbread.  I pointed out that it seems to be the same recipe, just a different shape.  That's the problem, she pointed out - it's got more surface area but less volume than it used to.  And she proceeded to set the volumes equal, and calculate the surface area of the old brick-shaped cornbread vs. the surface area of the new semi-spherical cornbread...  Isn't this how all young teens spend their lunch hours?? -- again, Carolyn K.
bulletAs you drive down the interstate on the way to find a theater still playing Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, your husband laughs and comments, "I used to drive a hearse (we all slept in the car) but now I'm driving a computer center!"  Let's see, there's his and my Dells - the 10-year-old has commandeered his Dell since he's driving - and our 14-year-old is on her new Toshiba laptop - she's writing a DBQ for AP European History.  So far, so good, but there's going to be trouble when the batteries run down.  There's only one cigarette lighter! -- Carolyn K.
bulletYour 14-year-old gets her high school year book, and shows it to you, commenting "You know you're a nerd when one of your friends signs your yearbook in 4 languages!" -- Carolyn K.
bulletYour 13-year-old volunteers at her candidate-of-choice's booth at a local polling place on election day, and the night before, comes up with a plan to prevent frivolous voting: She decides that there ought to be a quiz at the polling place. Anyone can vote, but you must give one reason why you are voting for the candidate, and it can't be "because my husband/wife is, " "because he's {party of choice}," or "because the phone calls tell me I should." You need one actual reason - he's for this, against that, will change this... Otherwise, boot - you don't get to vote. -- Carolyn K.
bulletWhen you're trying to concentrate in Home Depot, mentally aware of your kids only in the sense that you're happy the oldest is keeping his younger sisters occupied, when you suddenly notice several customers stopped dead in their tracks, staring at your kids walking behind you. You tune in to their conversation and realize that your 11-year-old is patiently explaining the difference between a symbiotic and a parasitic relationship to your 7-year-old and your 5-year-old. -- Carlene
bulletYour 12-year-old was working on a speech competition and had a question about metacentric placement and the direction of the arms of unidentified chromosomes. His geneticist mentor was out of town, so he called the only other person he felt comfortable calling at home - a cell biologist and the dad of a fellow Scout. He asked his question, there was a brief silence on our end, then he said "no, I don't know - that's why I'm calling you!" (He finally e-mailed a researcher at Yale for the answer.) -- Juli
bulletYour son is invited to his first ever birthday party today. He is quite flattered and excited. The "birthday girl" is a popular high school senior celebrating the milestone of turning 18. He is 13 and a junior. As he says, "This should be fun, Mom - all of my friends will be there!" So much for acceleration causing social problems... -- Doni
bulletAfter a particularly rough school year, with a teacher who complains that she wishes you would stop "allowing" your child to bring "inappropriate" books to school -- books such as Dickens, Mark Twain, Ray Bradbury, that are beyond her recommended reading age, your daughter observes: "Mom, teachers don't like me because they rarely actually teach me anything because I probably already know it from my outside reading, so I don't make them feel good about being teachers." You ponder this and wonder, who on earth ever decided that gifted kids weren't socially astute?
bulletAfter nearly a week of ISP problems at home, your 11-year-old daughter gets on the net, surfs a few minutes, and announces, "Good, all my websites are working." You think she means all the websites she visits regularly. Surprise! She's taught herself to create and maintain websites. -- Sarah
bulletYour 8-year-old figures out GRE math answers faster than you can, and you score a near perfect 770. -- Wenda
bulletYou take the time one bedtime to talk to you 10-year-old about the danger of befriending kids who don't support his interests, etc. This is the kid who has been "identified" as being not very socially astute and "at risk" because he does not have many friends and is not "popular". Anyway, you start to explain to him that sometimes being popular means that other kids like you because you are into things that adults don't approve of, like drugs and sex, etc.
      He shakes his head and says, "No, Mom, that's not popularity. That's infamy." Your mouth drops open. He goes on to explain his view of popularity: that being popular means that people like something about you, in a positive way: the way you dress, think, talk, etc. Being infamous means that people are attracted to you because of the negative things you do. Not the same thing. So much for not being socially astute. -- Nancy
bulletYour teenage daughter prefers subscriptions to Discover and Omni instead of Seventeen.
bulletYour nine-year-old complains that he's read everything in the library, ...and he may be right!

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