Nemesis--I think you ought to be fine mountain biking. That said, your wisdom (pulling kids around) is the same wisdom I've been using to justify a duathlon with a 15-mile mountain bike portion, so I probably can't be trusted.
The only "mountain biking" I've done ever is to ride my bike along roads in the mountains--and not up a major pass or anything like tjsmama will be doing next weekend!
memiles--hope your Warrior Dash rocked!
Geo--yay for a new nanny! Hope you can find some answers about the rhyming issue. Is there any chance it's just one of those developmental issues that will resolve by the time he's 6 or 7? (I couldn't make a "sh" sound until I turned 6. My sister had a similar issue with "th." Both resolved without a problem. I'm not sure if there might be something similar on an auditory level....) And after reading your last post, my best advice is to ask around and keep the issue on the back burner for now. Once he's in school they have to offer necessary services. Also, I might add that kids who are really bright often find interesting ways to adapt. I'd guess that he will too.
And as far as conversations at the genius camp...um, I think an awful lot of parents have a habit of playing up certain stories about their children and downplaying others....
DH decided to take an online seminar offered by our county's G&T program. It was amazing to watch people take normal childhood issues like being scared to go down the slide and completely pathologize it to the point that the reason the kid was scared to go down the slide was because they were so much better than other kids at visual tasks that it was too scary.
Riiiiight. It certainly couldn't be that the kid was both really bright in some areas and possibly had some sensory issues or really, just wasn't ready to handle big slides yet. I didn't participate, but it was, um, enlightening to see the kinds of personalities I might be dealing with next year. That's not to say that your kids aren't their own unique creatures, but that there's some interesting versions of "truth" out there when it comes to parents who believe their children to be little geniuses.
Come to think of it, that's true of grandparents too, which would explain why MIL keeps treating my nephew as if he's the new Stephen Hawking and my daughter as if she's an average 4yo instead of someone who's 6-1/2 with advanced math skills herself.
People see what they want to see. (ETA: my nephew does basic calculations very quickly--a combo of being on the spectrum and having his mother drill his with flash cards--though I should note that I've also heard him do them incorrectly.) However, we were at a restaurant and R was doing some of the activities on the menu. One activity had a few math problems, so she started working them out. She'd just started one and apparently she wasn't doing it fast enough for MIL, who grabbed her hand
(!) and started showing her how to do it. I jumped in and told her to let R figure it out, and her apology--as it's been for the last three years--is that she's just so used to working with younger kids.
Really, it's because she has a bias against girls, and especially a bias against shorter-than-usual girls. FTR, my nephew is exactly 5 months older than R. The way she treats them, you'd think it was more like 5 years.
RR: ran 6 in the morning, biked 10 in the evening. And I'm finally feeling better too, thankfully.