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Old 06-28-2007, 02:08 PM
Location: Austin
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I think you're onto something with the line between genious and madness. Most of our prized thinkers and inventors had serious psychological disorders. My theory is that this causes them to be able to think outside the box and come up with the ground-breaking ideas.

There's a difference between pushing a kid and allowing them to do what they're naturally able to do. I think mommy jealousy comes into play sometimes. I started reading at three years old, and skipped grades because I tested out of them, graduated early with honors, and so on. I thought for sure that my son would be advanced in everything. Well, he's right where he needs to be and no higher! He's very musical and loves people like his dad. I see lots of mommies with my personality start gossiping about other moms pushing their kids. Each kid is different and each parent needs to respond to their child's unique needs.

I have to agree, as a teacher, that some parents think their kids are so advanced when, in fact, they just are not.
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Old 06-28-2007, 02:55 PM
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It is going to take 'some time', possibly eternity, to sort through all the factors involved in human growth and development.

I just read the tragic news of the WWE personality that took his own life as well as his wife's and child's. Lots of tension over the son's medical/mental condition, Fragile X Syndrome, IIRC linked to autism.
What is Fragile X Syndrome? (http://www.fragilex.org/html/what.htm - broken link)

Dad was traveling a lot, mom apparently needed more support in providing for the child's needs and the tensions built over the years. I believe the child was 7.

Hopefully, research will continue and we will have more appropriate medications and/or means of coping.

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