DS is my first child so I'm very new to this developmental stage! There are many things about his personality that I know are different from his peers but I'm struggling to figure out what is a "quirky" gifted trait and what is something to worry about. Here are a few examples:
1. DS becomes intensely interested in different topics and enjoys learning everything about it.It will be the subject of interest for days or weeks and then he drops it and moves on to the next thing/topic. During the time of interest he will talk about the topic, read books about it, draw pictures on the subject, look at websites on the topic and ask me a million questions about it.
2. He has an AMAZING memory - he can remember the details of everything and it often shocks adults that don't know him well.
3. He has an incredible ear for music and memorizes songs quite easily. Consequently he sings ALOT and enjoys watching himself in the mirror while he sings and "plays" his play guitar or drumset and sings.
4. He loves playing with other kids and really does great playing gross motor games with children (e.g. tag, hide and seek, chase, duck duck goose etc.) But isn't so great at pretend play with other children...I've often noticed that he is re-creating something we read about or watched on tv with his toys so the other child doesn't know what he is doing and then they end up doing their own thing beside each other rather than truly playing with each other.
5. He asks me for definitions of words all the time and gets upset with me when I can't provide him with one (I.e. when I truly can't answer his question because I don't know!)
6. Sometimes when he is deep into an activity he enjoys he is so engrossed in it that I have to say his name 3 times before he will turn and look at me.
Are these qualities just part of being gifted or something more I should look into? He is such an amazing little boy who constantly amazes me every day but I must be honest that being around other parents at school who repeatedly point out his differences (e.g. his reading, his memory, his writing or the facts that he knows) has me always second guessing whether I should be looking into any of these things.