I have a request here for the people who come in contact with my children. Please don’t tell my children – particularly my oldest – that he sounds like an adult.I know his vocabulary is incredible and he wants to talk about adult topics. He wants to give his opinion on everything from politics to literature. He’ll talk about science and wow people with his explanation of what a Higgs Boson is. If he makes mistakes in it or not, most people can’t tell because it sounds impressive, so people just tell him how they’re out of his league, and how smart he must be. I cringe when they do that because I’m still trying to convince him that adults are worthy of his respect.
Don’t tell him he’s sounds like an adult. He needs to know he doesn’t need to worry about adult things. He needs to know that adults are still somehow smarter than him.
I remember when I was a teenager if I wanted to know something my parents didn’t know, I’d have to check the old encyclopedia set we had, or search our small-town library. Neither was particularily successful. Now we can google for almost any information we want. Our bookstore choices are not limited to the tiny little bookstores with the current best sellers. Instead we can pick and choose the books we want from the tremendous selections online. We can watch documentaries about all different topics on Youtube. Education is different now. When explaining about illnesses we don’t talk about generic “germs” we talk about bacterias and viruses. We can learn about so many new things. Yet more information doesn’t make children into little adults.
Are there other parents of gifted children who share this challenge? How do you respond when people tell your kids that they are smart, or that they sound like little adults?