Most of us know a three-year-old, maybe related or through a friend. For me, that is the cutest age because toddlers think they're teenagers
or know better and give the craziest answers to questions we ask them.
Well, I live with one and sometimes think he’s a little too smart for his age, but for young Alexis Martin, the word "smart" is a total understatement. As parents, relatives and adults in general, we feel it should be our duty to teach little ones new things
all the time and that it’s the sweetest thing when they give a brilliant answer to one of your absurd questions.
Alexis Martin is an above average three-year-old from Arizona, but what is special about this child is almost unbelievable to most of us...
She recently became the youngest person to be accepted into Mensa, this is an international society for bright people, that’s just putting it bluntly. In a few intelligence tests, doctors had trouble calculating her IQ levels because it was too high. Doesn't this make you feel just a little inadequate? She’s three.
For you to understand just how far beyond her intelligence stretches, let me explain to you that the average IQ score is about 100 and the highest rating that is possible is 160. That is how much Alexis scored. Again, I feel, how?
Her score was in the same range as some well known geniuses, like for example; Bill Gates and ALBERT EINSTEIN
. Yes, you read right, and no, I'm not joking.
According to Mommyish
, Alexis’ parents say she’s been an exceptional learner from the beginning. Being able to recite her bedtime stories
verbatim and learning Spanish from an iPad all by herself, were just two examples of how brilliant this three year old is.
However, doctors feel that growing up will be a bit of an issue for her if she doesn’t spend most of her time amongst children who are at least sort of on the same level of intelligence as she is. They say that children with her kind of level of intelligence suffer from anxiety if they aren’t around people who understand them.
She will not be able to attend a regular school because it would probably bore her to death, but on the real, she would need to attend school with other children who are as gifted as she is.
I have a few questions that I wish to be answered by parents of overly smart children such as Alexis. How do you manage a brilliant kid?
I’m sure it’s really fun and adorable and all kinds of sweet stuff when kids this smart are small, but what happens when they grow older?
What happens when they ARE by all means smarter than their parents?
How do parents cope with such smart kids?
Do parents and their kids have to see therapists or counsellors?
Do they have to attend certain socialisation skills classes?
Are these parents able to apply for bursaries for their kids?
And lastly, how do parents, who do not have the means to provide their kids with the necessary education cope?
Do you have a particularly gifted child? How do you cope?