My Child’s so Bright that I’ve Gotta Wear Shades

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Every move she makes, every time she wakes, every bite she takes (I know, this sounds a little bit like The Police) IS mesmerizing.

My last post happened to be about identifying developmental delays. There is always the fear that our child may not be perfect.

It's a hard (but important) topic to tackle. Let's face it: being a parent isn't always easy.

Today, I'm looking at the kids around me and am realizing one fact about our kiddos' paths of development:

My kid is brilliant, and so is yours.

I started a professional journey long ago where my work focused on learning about kiddos. Child development is not rocket science, but simply the process of watching how kids learn and grow. The books in college were interesting, and the teaching experiences were a challenge. Then real life happened.

As a parent, child development is exhilarating.

I've been around many parents (sometimes too many) who have told me how “brilliant” their kid is: their kid loves music; their kid can recognize colors; their kid can count; their kid talks; their kid jumps; and so on and so on and so on. At the time, as an educator, it was up to me to do something with these “extraordinary” gifts. (I can feel my eyes rolling now.)

But now, yes, I've joined “the club.” Every move she makes, every time she wakes, every bite she takes (I know, this sounds a little bit like The Police) IS mesmerizing.

She IS brilliant.

And so now I see it. Brilliant kids surround me at each get-together of family and friends. Each child I encounter brings something different — a different spark and a different interest. And I see it in their parent's eyes — they see their child's brilliance, too.

It's a great thing. With so many brilliant minds, the world will be a much brighter place.

What's the bright moment of your day?

What do you think?

My Child’s so Bright that I’ve Gotta Wear Shades

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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