How you know it's not just you're parent goggles

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Registered: 05-18-2005
How you know it's not just you're parent goggles
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Sat, 09-22-2012 - 7:40pm

This is so weird.  Lately total strangers keep approaching me on the subway or in other public venues and commenting on how bright my child is from what they've overheard or observed.  And they always turn out to be current or retired teachers.  They always want to know what sort of schooling or activities we're doing with him.  Today it was an elementary school teacher, who assumed he was around 8 and was stunned to find out that the "bright 8 year old" was 6.  Especially weird, because M. is immature for his age in many ways.

Gwen

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Registered: 05-18-2005
Thank you, autocorrect, for that lovely misuse of "you're" in my subject header. Oops.

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Registered: 01-05-2005

I do think that it's easy to worry "Am I imagining this?" However, I'm not surprised that it's teachers who are showing you, yep, it's just just parent goggles, your kids really are that smart. I think many parents of gifted realize it when they go into the classroom and their "normal" (for their family) kid is just a crazy anomaly. The teachers see it every day, see the REALLY average kid, so when they spend some time with a kid who is truly gifted, it does stand out. But, it's nice to have confirmation, isn't it? :smileyhappy: