Article on raising prodigies. What do you expert mamas think?

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Article on raising prodigies. What do you expert mamas think?
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Fri, 11-02-2012 - 12:14pm

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/magazine/how-do-you-raise-a-prodigy.html

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I do think it's a form of giftedness that schools aren't really equipped to handle.  It is somewhat analogous to the  child who is profoundly gifted in one academic area, but typical in the others.  Schools aren't so good at that, either. 

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I'm certainly not an expert on raising prodigies, thank goodness.  I was struck by the very narrow and artificial focus of this article and had a hard time getting much out of it.  I would have liked to have read about a prodigy who came from a different sort of background or who showed extraordinarily ability in an area other than classical music.   I believe the stories would be more complex and together provide a fuller understanding.

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Niether of my kids are prodigies and so certainly, I'm not an expert on it. I admit, I'm grateful that they aren't. It's not a lifestyle I think we could financially support nor emotionally maintain. I have enough challenge keeping up with them as it is. They are passionate kids and I've questioned their balance before but neither had the singular focus or ability to reach prodigy level in anything. 

It seems most prodigies interviewed carry some unhappieness about their childhoods but then, don't we all? Obviously, there are some parents who push kids to the limits but I suspect there are some kids who are pushing their families just as hard to their limits.