Is your child a genius? Many parents think so!
All of us know our children are special, but just because they say “mama” two months ahead of their peers doesn’t mean that you have the child with the highest IQ in the world on your hands!
Lucky for us, there’s a checklist from Mensa UK to help parents identify their child as gifted, and prove their offspring’s superior intellect to family, friends, and relatives. According the Mensa, gifted children display some of the following characteristics:
1) Ask lots of questions
Prodigies are naturally curious, so expect to be challenged with “How”, “What”, “Where”, “Why” and “When” on a daily basis.
Endless repetitions of “Are we there yet?” and “But why?” are unlikely to indicate advanced cognitive development.Curiosity, a genius trait (REX)
2) Good memory
Particularly unhelpful when you’ve said something less-than-flattering about your mother-in-law in front of your child, which they then decide to recall when she comes to visit six months later.
3) Sense of humour
For children or otherwise, this is a tricky one to gauge. You might be in stiches at the comedic genius of your four-year-old’s Book of Mormon-esque piece of musical theatre, but that doesn’t mean your mother and her friends will share the sentiment.
4) Reading at an early age
No bedtime stories for your precocious princess – she’s more likely to read you to sleep. And that Sophie Kinsella book you’re planning on taking on holiday? Think again. You shall be expected to provide offerings from the Man Booker Prize
5) Prefers the company of adults over children
Don’t we all?
6) Has an awareness of world events
You know that Jean-Claude what’s-his-face that David Cameron is hell bent on stopping becoming president of whatchamacallit? No? Your prodigy does. Best brush up on the general knowledge.