August 5, 2006

So, I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently about the best way to teach children. I know how to teach an older child, but a 2 year old? Not so much. Anyway, I’m reading this book by Glenn Doman, How to Mulitply Your Baby’s Intelligence. This has gotten me thinking a lot about intelligence. The book brings up the point that our society is so afraid of intelligence. We actually fear it. We revere athletes, have pep rallys for them in high school, have the Olympics for them, and I admit it, I love College Basketball!!! However, what do we do for the smart kids? Ridicule them, ostracize them, and later say, “Man! Why didn’t I invent that??”.

Despite that…I am scared of teaching my son too much. I am scared of making him too smart. Why? Because I want him to fit in. I want him to be liked. I don’t want him to be a nerd or a geek. Can’t he be smart without being a nerd or a geek? I am sure he can. I just have to be sure that he gets lots of socialization and learns how to interact well with others.

This whole parenting thing is scary. It scares me everyday. I just hope I can be intelligent enough to give my children everything they need when they need it. To know when to back off and to know when to push harder.

Today we are going up to Kaysville and are blessing Amelia. My niece Tess (11 days older than Amelia) is being blessed also and my nephew Isaac (Tess’ brother) is being baptized. My whole side of the family will be there. We’re sad that Jer’s folks couldn’t make it…it kind of stinks living so far away from them šŸ˜¦

Ok, i have to go, Amelia needs to eat and Seth is poopy and tearing apart (literally) the bookshelf!!! Ah, the life of Pooh Corner.

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3 Responses to “August 5, 2006”

  1. Kelly Says:

    Kim– On days when I start to worry about if I can do everything I need to, I sigh and know that I can’t, but that our children were placed into our family as part of the grand design. Really praying for our children has helped me to find peace and direction.
    You are an awesome momma–just knowing Seth as well as you do is well over half of the battle!!

  2. Thomas Family Says:

    I totally know what you mean. Aaron is 28 months and he can read…I mean it. He picks up Dick and Jane books and just opens to a page and begins to read it. We already get teased by well meaning family members about what a genius he is and how none of our other children will ever be as smart or well behaved as him…then there’s the comments about taking him to Vegas or dropping a box of toothpicks on the ground.
    I’m glad he’s smart and I want to encourage it, but don’t want him to get teased or treated differently. We’ll have to chat together another time to discuss how we handle our children.
    Love ya! Jen

  3. Lori Van Wagoner Says:

    Just remember those days that his mind is blowing you away and he is doing things you never thought 2 year-olds did, he still jumps off the couch. He still poops in diapers. He likes to play on the swings. He likes to play outside.

    With the smartness of his pops and the socialness of his mommy, I think Seth has “well-rounded” in the bag! šŸ™‚

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