Saturday, June 23, 2007

smart kid

Yesterday was a milestone day, Charlie used the potty for the first time and excitedly received 3 m&ms as a reward. It only occurred to me that he should be out of the diapers when a friend told me how well her little girl is doing in that arena - her daughter is a year younger than Charlie. If it wasn't for the expense I would leave them in diapers until they figured it out on their own, I can't stand dealing with wet and messy clothes, the hanging around all day waiting for something to happen... Is it any wonder that Tim potty trained both girls in exasperation?

The other baby book worthy moment was after dinner when Timmy took his first step. The applause and smiles from every corner of the room were so worth it that when I hoisted back up to standing he did it again. I'm glad we are in a 1 story house for the next 2 months, keeping him away from the woodstove and the kitty litter is enough of a challenge these days.

So after thinking I have the most brilliant children on the planet, what should I spy as soon as I turn on the computer this morning? An article about this gorgeous 2 year old little girl in England who is being reported as the smartest child ever tested. Do notice that she is not an only child and not coached by her parents with flashcards (do you remember that book, Teach Your Baby to Read?).

According to an expert in gifted children, Georgia is the brightest two-year-old she has ever met.
Parents Martin and Lucy Brown have always regarded their youngest child as a remarkably quick learner.
She was crawling at five months and walking at nine months. By 14 months, she was getting herself dressed. "She spoke really early - by 18 months she was having proper conversations," Mrs Brown said. "She would say, 'Hello I'm Georgia, I'm one'. She was also putting her shoes on and putting them on the right feet."
Mrs Brown began to worry about Georgia's future education. She contacted Professor Joan Freeman, a specialist educational psychologist, for advice. To the amazement of the family, Georgia scored 152 points on the IQ test, putting her in the top 0.2 per cent of the population. Georgia was then invited to join Mensa, the High IQ society whose members have IQs in the top 2 per cent of the population. Georgia is one of only 30 Mensa members under the age of ten.
Mrs Brown, chief executive of a charity, believes Georgia has benefited by growing up as the youngest of five children. She has been absorbing information from her older brothers and sisters and father, a self-employed carpenter, while not receiving any special treatment. "There is always someone around to offer her something," her mother said. "But she still has temper tantrums, like you wouldn't believe, throwing herself on the floor. "She doesn't think she's better and cleverer than everyone else. She is a very kind and loving child."
Georgia, who has a "wicked sense of humour" is as busy as any toddler, enjoying a schedule of ballet classes, listening to stories, dancing, singing, sport and even watching the TV.

1 comment:

Donna said...

I don't believe the places in Heaven are any better for Mensa children.....

So glad you are celebrating potty triumphs and first steps--hurrah!