My Disclaimer: This post is a high-brow problem. I'm aware of that. I'm also aware of how "brag-y" it sounds, but I'm using objective measures to assess DS.
DS had a piece of art selected for a community-wide student art show. About 5-10% of the students at his school had pieces there. He is the high scorer on his soccer team. He ran his first foot race last year and placed seventh. He decided to train for the next ones (just sort of showed up the day of the first one) and placed 4th and then 2nd. He has a 5K coming up, and he's training for it now and working on improving what "slowed me down" in the last one. He's multiple grade levels ahead in both language and math, and he's well...cute. He has a gaggle of girls who follow him around and offer to do things like write his name on his paper for him! He's told me that all of the teachers tell him that he's "adorable," (confirmed, they all tell me that they think he's precious) and he hates that. "I'd rather be handsome." Oh, and he's - of his own initiation - planning a local event for kids for Earth Day (with my help, of course, but his ideas and plans).
So...he thinks he is the most awesome person in the world. Of course I love him dearly, but I see the beginnings of someone who could become unbearable.
If you have a child who is like this, is there anything that you do to mitigate that tendency? A couple of weeks ago, someone was making fun of another child at soccer practice, and DS stepped right in and stood up for the other kid. Yay! I was really proud of him, especially given my previous concerns about his social acumen. The thing is that the other boys listened to him - no questions asked. His teacher says that he's definitely the leader of the class.
I spoke to an educational specialist just in passing after an event a couple of weeks ago, and he suggested putting DS in something that we think would challenge him. To be clear, I have 2 concerns. 1) He is developing an inflated view of himself. 2) I want him to learn how to handle challenge and even frustration in healthy, safe ways.
Would you put him in something else? He doesn't do anything with music, and that's a possibility. He has said that he wants to take karate. He also would like to build a robot from scratch, design a miniature farmhouse, and learn Spanish. (He took a few lessons when we were homeschooling and can recall what he learned pretty readily.)