She also mentions the weird industry that seems to arise around turning our kids into gifted-bots: Baby Einstein videos and "smart" baby food (not to be confused with Smartfood which is delish and hella fattening but won't raise your SAT/GRE/MCAT/LSAT scores.
I'm starting to think being smart is overrated. We all know adults who are supersmart but somehow never learned the basic playground rules about how to play with others. And while it would be nice if my child turns out to be gifted, it would be even better if she turned out to be kind, confident and happy.
is where I am. I doubt that Little Man or Boo will ever be thought of us gifted. With Boo, she has to overcome a lot just to get to breathing on her. That doesn't make her less loved and treasured. We have a joke in our family, whenever Little Man tumbles forward from seated for faceplant on the floor or whenever we bop his head as we carry him from room to room: "There goes a few more points off his SAT score."
I don't have advanced child-geniuses. But I do have a daughter who loves anyone who will hold her and a son who will smile and flirt like mad. I have mostly happy acting babies, which is a miracle to me. I'd prefer the happy, sweet, kind kid.