Hi, My DS just turned 3 last month. He sat at 4 months, crawled at 5 months, walked at 8 months... He new his alphabet by 19 months, could match lower and upper case letters by 2yrs old, and read at about 2.5. He understands simple math and can solve words problems. He knows most dinosaurs, why mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish are what they are. My DH and I dont really know how he knows these things, he doesnt go to PS and is with myself or DH all the time. He is bilingual (DH is russian). And can recognize Cyrillic letters. He has watched full length movies since he was 18 months old and is now being read the fourth book in the Narnia series and can retell all that has happened thus far. He is VERY into imaginary play. He will make believe 30 min story with numerous other characters and villains by himself in his room with nothing but his bed and blankets. And doesnt really like toys, he would rather play with little action figures (knights, lizards, pirates) or blocks(Has always been this way). He was a robot for halloween (2yrs old) and a fish the previous year (20 months) both chosen and designed by him(we make our own costumes). At the park and other public play dates he plays with the 6-8 year olds rather then kids his own age. He has understood the difference between "fake and real" since he was 2... movies, imaginary friends, books etc..., over chirstmas we found him telling his DGM that santa clause was fake (again he is rarely around other children and this was really the first year we did santa). I dont know if these are signs of being gifted or if he is just bright for his age!? I know it is too young to have him tested.
He always was the type of child to know and understand what was going on and has been trying to negotiate the rules since he was 2. Now he has become very hard to discipline. He tries to talk his way out of everything, he will yell at us, and hit (but not hard enough to hurt, for some reason he thinks its ok to hit if it doesnt hurt). We dont spank, we use a supper nanny method when it comes to discipline(which isnt working at the moment) and in no way condone hitting in our family. He is very sarcastic (we dont discipline this because i feel like it is a part of his personality), and a lot of the times leaves me speechless with his arguments.. I have come to a wall when it comes to discipline and dont know what to do! Any suggestions? If he is gifted i want to nurture that but i do want to discipline as needed...is their a way to do both? Please Help, I am exhausted and my first desire is to help my DS!