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post #101 of 426
Originally Posted by eilonwy
I think I've been more successful at breastfeeding than at anything else I've ever done in my life to date. So validate me! Everyone pat me on the head and tell me that I'm not a complete failure in life! :LOL
You are an amazing woman and a dedicated mother. It takes a lot of courage to parent in a way that is dedicated to exploring the needs of the child/ren. Give yourself a pat on the back! I'm busy trying to find mine.
post #102 of 426
You know what? I'm going to take my own advice and throw that idea out the window! I will get my PhD, and homeschool my two kids, and birth two more, and be a domestic goddess, and do it all perfectly - perfectly happily, that is!
post #103 of 426
What clues did you have that your child was gifted? I have 3 children, all gifted in some way, one is socially gifted(politician in the making?), one is incredibly musically gifted with the voice of an angel and now I have a nearly 15 mos old and she is "different" than the others...

She is incredibly verbal, lots and lots of words and understands such an incredible amount...but I don't know that she is incredibly gifted...but she's pretty darn smart...she just fashioned a skirt out of a recieving blanket and is dancing to her video..they are Spanish dancers with the big skirts twirling so she made her own to do it.

As to the issue of bragging..well I am incredible glad to find a thread where this is addressed...I mentioned one of her milestones on another board and the very next thread was started "do you worry about your child when others are posting their brags" so I stopped posting her milestones...I also noticed another mom who had a child the same age stopped posting milestones too as well..her son was very very gifted I think...

So back to my questions "at what age did you know?" and "what were the clues?"

post #104 of 426
Hi Allgirls (Carolyn)! I am going to try to stick to the facts here, and not brag LOL!

My daughter had a calmness about her, but then I am calm, (hey, I just realised I called myself my user name!), anyway, so I didn't think much of it. Then came her speaking single words by 5 months and sentences at 1 year. And they were very clear, not really babble. I noticed one day she could identify a word written, so I wrote down "hat" and asked her what it said and she said hat. She was about 15 months old.

I tried to discount that also as I read to her from birth and thought it was a logical step. My husband and I read to each other also while holding her. But suddenly she knew all her colours, numbers, the alphabet. And a photographic memory showed up. I could recite a paragraph and she would repeat it. I looked into giftedness at the urging of others and found she was blessed.

Now, at 2y4mo, she can read a little, can add, talks very well and learns very fast. I started to doubt the parenting books, thought they were written so all parents could feel good about their child's development, but I learned over the years that that isn't the case. So, if you look at the books that list what milestones your child should be reaching and when, then scan forward and your child is still reaching milestones way ahead of her age, then she is probably gifted in some way.

It is good to know if she is, because they have special needs. They can become understimulated and also can have problems at school. Identifying gifted children is very important. And about the threads started due to 'bragging', don't take that personally, as those are their feelings to sort, and starting their own thread is a great way for them to garner support for their feelings. If we hide our children's milestones, how would accurate statistics be able to be accounted for?
post #105 of 426
Thank you ...I just did that, checked the milestones however a couple of things she did at a year is noted at 18 mos etc....I don't know that she is profoundly gifted but she's pretty clever...she says 40+ words...and her understanding is immense...at 11mos she pulled all pots and pans outta the cupboard, pulled all the lids out and started banging away...then she fitted each lid to it's appropriate pot and crawled away...hubby and I looked at each other and he said "is that normal" and I said "I dunno but I don't think so" since then I have been wondering...

I know what you mean about "calmness" because that's how Sophia is...very much "taking it all in"

She signed her first word "milk" at 5mos..I thought because I was teaching her signing she just became more verbal because of it...although she doesn't speak sentences she is very adept at making her needs known through words, signs and gestures without a lot of frustration...she kinda can figure out how to communicate with me.

She also follows directions very well...she wants to go to bed now and threw a pillow on the floor...I said "put that back" so she did and now she is saying nite nite again...so I must go...

I will be back tomorrow....

Thank you
post #106 of 426
Thread Starter 
How could I tell that BeanBean was gifted? Maybe it's a self-fullfilling prophecy. When he was brand new, he went to NICU and I didn't get to see and hold him until he was 23 hours old. He was asleep when I was wheeled in, and I said "Oh, that's my little boy, he looks just like he belongs to my family!" and he turned, opened his eyes and looked right into mine. I was so thrilled that he recognized my voice right away (perfectly normal, btw ). When someone came to change his pants and take him out of his box, the entire time he kept his eyes focused on me. They picked him up, he was passed around to Mike and my best friend and my sister, and still he kept his eyes on me. He tracked amazingly well. He was an "old soul," and when he looked at me I saw a *person*.

Fast forward to his first word-- we were at the doctor's, he was 4 weeks old (WBC) and I had just finished changing and dressing him. I kissed him and was saying his name to him, "You're my sweet little boy baby, my sweet little Eli bean," and such. He looked at me and grinned, wiggled excitedly and said "Eli!" I thought it was a fluke, so I said, "Did you just say Eli? Are you Eliyahu?" "Eliyah!"

Even then, I wasn't sure. I've heard of babies saying words at 4 months (I did) but certainly not 4 weeks. I kept talking and singing to him until he fell asleep (we had a 6-block walk home) and put it out of my mind. When we got home, I changed his pants, and he said "Eli" for my mother, my sister, my niece, my best friend and finally for Mike. What could I do? I wrote it down in his baby book.

Later that week, he learned a few more words; he strung his first sentence together at 7.5 weeks-- "Eli, nurzh!" If you think he didn't know what he was talking about, think again! :LOL I'll never forget being in the bathtub at 3 am when he was about 8 weeks old. Mike brought him downstairs to me and said "He says he wants to nurse. I heard him. He knows what he wants, and it's mamma."

Early verbal ability is only one small measure of intellect, and truth to tell it's not all that important. It's an easy way for me to make a point about BeanBean (and his sister, who at three months has several words of her own) but on it's own it would not be enough for me to proclaim to the world that my son is gifted; precocious yes, but gifted? Maybe. So why do I indeed believe that my son is gifted? It's a combination of things. His intensity: even as a young infant, he looked at people as though he was sizing them up. The mohel at his Bris said "I know I'm doing my job well because my clients generally don't remember me; this one is looking at me like he will." He looked at everyone like that, and people were always blown away by it. There was no lack of focus or understanding; people knew that he was listening, and that on some level he "got it" from birth.

He's got an unbelieveable attention span for the things he enjoys, and while most of the things he loves are very normal toddler things, some are not. He loves cars, and as soon as he could crawl he would happily push a car for ages. Maps are another favorite; he'll sit and trace rivers and roads and mountains with his finger, talking about them to himself. When he was 13 or 14 months old, I showed him a map of New England and was pointing out cities and geographical features (just for something to do). Two weeks later, I was holding him in front of the same map and he said "National Geographic! Map! Albany, Hudson Bay, Massachussets..." and went on like that for about 20 minutes. Rivers, mountains, roads, cities, lakes, oceans-- he can find them all on his maps. He's got a poster of the planets and he knows them all, and when you ask him where he lives he'll point and say "Earth!" He thinks that the planet Saturn is hilarious because there is also a car called "Saturn." He's recently discovered that there is also a car called "Mercury," but apparently it's not as funny as Saturn; probably because the emblem for the car company resembles the planet.

Now, my son is 22 months old. His attention span appears shorter because he runs around a lot, but it's really just different (he likes different things). He's also still willing to sit and read a book with Mamma or his cousin. He likes to bring pine cones into the house (we've got some big pines in the backyard) and to hide things in the cabinets. BeanBean talks to people and always takes them by surprise when he does; he is small for his age but he carries himself like an older child. His behavior, speech, and mannerisms are all about what you'd expect from a bright 33 month old. When he was younger, people always asked me if he was a preemie; now they just say "Wow, he's really small for a three year old!" Well, no, he's slightly small for a two year old. I don't know how many people have looked at me askance after that, as if to say "I wonder if she knows how bright he is..." . I'm generally polite and I say "I'm not concerned about his development" when they bring it up.

I'm not sure how BeanBean or BooBah will test. BeanBean is not the same kind of child I was; instead of looking like a small three year old, at 22 months I resembled a very small, very solemn six year old. BeanBean does not appear to me to enter the realm of "scary smart kids" but he's certainly not average. I know that his needs are different from those of the average child, and that's why I'm here. I'm fairly confident that I can address his needs, but I really like having people to discuss these things with because I've still got unresolved issues from my own childhood. Being a gifted child is not an easy thing, and while most of the time I'm glad for it, I wouldn't wish profound giftedness on anyone. It's nice to be able to talk about BeanBean and his maps, or the way he wanted to potty learn before I was ready to do it (while I was too pregnant to bend over) without dealing with the requisite "only 3% of the population is gifted" speech.

Well come, Allgirls; I hope you find what you need here.
post #107 of 426
Originally Posted by NoHiddenFees
Was bored to tears in public school and instead of channeling my energy into something useful (at least in retrospect), I seem to have managed to allow my own curiosity and creativity to be squelched in favour of fitting in, or at least making it through the system. I'm VERY good at school (graduated tops of the graduating class in my undergrad program), but am usually not proud of this. I did it by gaming the system, rather than by improving myself or taking risks. This is my biggest fear with respect to my children: I want them to be confident to face life head on and realize that one learns from mistakes. I chose to homeschool not only to ensure a rigorous education, but also to avoid the whole mindset that the final grade is the only thing that matters. I hope the girls grow up confident not only to do whatever they want, but to actually have something they do want. I lost my drive (at least for anything not to do with my children), and that just sucks.

Wow! are you me? LOL this is exactly how I did things...I got straight A's all through school by doing very little...I learned what teachers wanted and gave it to them, behaved well and that was it...I wasn't good in math...got D's and C's by doing nothing...actually my husband says that was brilliant...he got A's in math but actually did it by working at it.

I think now that I was royally ripped off...I became lazy and unmotivated because everything came so easy...I had a wicked social life, read til the wee hours, read the material before the test and got 100%...

Now I think I should have been challenged more...why didn't my grade 7 teacher pick up on something when I read the complete works of William Shakespeare on my own at age 12? Uh, maybe this kid needs some stimulation...she's getting straight A's so she's fine...that was it...it made me lazy...yeah I am smart...maybe I am gifted...I know I am different and it's awesome to be this way...Now, but then I worked so hard to be normal in spite of the straight A's...no one knew I was reading Shakespeare!

I don't want my children to hide their gifts yet I still do it myself...just got off the phone with my 10 yr old daughter's principal...we talked for an hour...about her reading difficulties...She said it's common and "she used Cole's notes in University for Shakespeare" I said "I read the plays" She said "Shakespeare is challenging to everyone......why didn't I say" I read the complete works in Grade 7 and taught myself the language" so it wasn't challenging to me...but I didn't...modesty? I dunno, don't want to be different still...

I don't know if homeschooling is within my realm but I sure am keeping things open for Sophia at this point...however our public school is very good.

I also am very aware of not "coaching" Sophia...she is very smart...she is able to learn colors I think...I started last night and she is so close to grasping that concept...WOW! I never thought of it really.

So do you tend to try and focus on a concept at a time...with child taking the lead or do you just play and talk. Explain and follow...

I did a count of Sophia's words..she is not quite 15 mos and has fifty plus words...

I am a little scared of this because it seems like such an awesome responsibility...

How do I make the most of her gifts, keep her stimulated without pushing too hard?

Also, she is rather shy, takes a while to warm up to people...get involved in things...she's much less social than my other 2 at that age...should I just let that happen naturally...we are involved in Kinder Musik and 2 playgroups...is that appropriate for socialization?

Another question...she spends a lot of time exploring on her own...this was one thing I noticed about her very early on...once she became mobile she could spend large amounts of time playing by herself...we have a large living room area, she would just go go go...into all the corners, pull out books, pretend read, play play...should I leave her alone for this...or should I get involved with this play somewhat and direct it...

Final question...toys...what do you recommend? I think she could learn the alphabet, colors, shapes...anything you found helpful and stimulating?

Thanks ladies
post #108 of 426
Thread Starter 
:LOL I *loved* Star Trek when I was little, and still do. BeanBean is a fan of Deep Space Nine and Next Generation. Not too scary, but all kids are different.

I watched the entire "V" miniseries when I was 6. I thought it was really cool and decided to read the books. That's a little more intense and scary than Star Trek.

If you can find them, try reading aloud the "Sector General" books by James White. They're amazingly cool, but they might be a difficult read for your girls. I read them at 8 or 9, I think. They're about a hospital for all kinds of extraterrestrials... I can't remember much about the plots, only that I thought they were the coolest books ever.
post #109 of 426
Must be something about the planets that kids love. Hollis wanted to be an astronomer (or a baseball player, or a weather man, or a game show host...) for a long time, but now he says he wants to be a genetics researcher. We'll see!
post #110 of 426
Originally Posted by allgirls
What clues did you have that your child was gifted?
My girl is 4, and it's only in the last half year or so that I've really identified her as gifted. I'm afraid I was just really embarrassed that she was different from other kids until then. But watching her and her friends develop and grow further and further apart.... it was heartbreaking. My daughter would have temper tantrums and big fights with me about NOT wanting to see her friends. Tensions all around. Finally, I fell into a deep depression, and came out saying, "Screw it! Screw Waldorf! Screw 'natural parenting'! Screw forcing my kids to do anything they don't want to do! Screw my own ideas of my superior knowledge of my kids! Screw it all!" That was when I started really observing how my kids weren't "normalizing." I know common knowledge is that kids reach milestones at different times, but that they normalize early in elementary school. Well, for us, the gaps just keep widening.

Clues? Long attention spans. Reflective. Calm. Strong knowledge of what they want. Compulsive. Devastated by criticism. Artistic.

My first didn't speak until she was about one and a half. But at 10 months, once she was playing with Daddy on the carpet. Daddy was "Wah-ing.'" My baby crawled over to his face, looked down, and asked him: "Are you a baby?" Then laughed and laughed. Very well-enunciated. She told the "joke" one more time at around 14 months. At about 10 months, she said "Mommy" on Mother's Day. She also screamed out "Mama" many times from 4 weeks to 6 weeks. Long story, but I was deeply depressed, my Mom was trying to take over as Mother, and my baby was desperate to keep me to her. So she would pretend to need to nurse so that I would be allowed to hold her. And as soon as she came into my arms, she would cry and wail and yell out "mama." Aside from these few utterances, she didn't speak.

My first just seems to have a great deal of maturity of thinking. And she's very artistic. In dance class, for instance, she really dances. She feels the music and responds to the instructions. At 3.5, her instructor wanted us to enroll her in the 5-year-old class (she had assumed that our daughter was almost 5), until we told her our daughter was only 3.

My second said "Ah Gong" ("Grandpa" in Taiwanese) at 6 days. She said it 3 times in succession, in a slight frenzy before konking out at the end of a visit from her grandparents. She also yelled out "Bue Hat" at 4 days old (she heard "Blue Hat Green Hat" by Sandra Boynton every day in the womb). She rolled over when she was 2 weeks old. Several times. Then didn't for a few more months. She was way ahead of other babies in our baby movement class even though she was the youngest (except for one baby who was one day younger). She sat up the same day she learned to crawl forward. And she was always speaking Mandarin to us, even though she never heard Mandarin around her.

I can't tell yet, but I'm guessing that my oldest is probably somewhere in the "highly gifted" range. I don't get the sense that any of my kids are "profoundly gifted." Which, frankly, is a great relief! My interest in identifying my kids' giftedness is really just so I can be better guidance for them. I am psychic, sometimes more than others, and chances are, it will be passed on to one or more children. So that's something else to pay attention to. It's all really hard for me, 'cause I don't like to deal with these realities. Another thing I've gotta change! No teaching my kids to be resentful of their "gifts"!

But nothing like reading at 2 - interest in reading, memorizing books, reading at 4, but no reading at 2. And no adding at 2 - counting backwards at 3, adding at 3 (in conversation, we haven't 'exposed' her to mathematical signs yet).

Have all of you looked at HogiesGifted (or something like that) online? It's a useful website. And what do you all plan in terms of education? I'm gonna homeschool at least for the first few years - largely due to the perfectionist/can't take a harsh look/highly sensitive and emotional/high levels of frustration thing.
post #111 of 426

You know Sophia smiled at us when she was very new..less than 7 days old...MIL scoffed it off as gas...so it made us doubt maybe we were seeing what we wanted to see, proud parents bragging but I KNOW she looked at us and smiled...I had 2 previous kids...never saw that before...

I say she was born with "wisdom" is how I see it...

I loved the "V" miniseries...I wish we could buy that on tape!

One thing is for sure...I want to meet all your children...wow they sound so fascinating!

Gosh, I am going to hang out here a bit if you all don't mind...gifted or not my children are so special and amazing...

and if she is I think I can get help here...
post #112 of 426
I forgot to mention the number one freaky thing: memory!

They remember very very well. Once my first started conversing casually at 2, she started mentioning things from her baby-hood. Very intimidating. Both my kids just remember things with great clarity. I grew up in a fog of depression (and maybe ADD?), so I can't relate at all. It's sad, but I sort of see myself as the model of what I DON'T want my kids to be like. I want them to embrace all they are and feel grounded in their place in this life.
post #113 of 426
Originally Posted by allgirls
So do you tend to try and focus on a concept at a time...with child taking the lead or do you just play and talk. Explain and follow...
Well, my kids are 2 and 4, so there's not much academic stuff I need to do. I answer questions the best I can, I chat with my 4 year old about what she thinks.

I taught a few university courses before taking a leave of absense, and it led me to reflect on the nature of guidance and leadership. I was very effective in my teaching because I could get the students to become interested in the material by manipulating them. After each course ended, there would be students who wanted to go into whatever field I taught. But I left it all feeling really empty. I manipulated them because I wanted them to succeed. But I didn't mean for them to invest themselve in the subject after the class ended. I neglected to do the ultimate decent thing: to guide them to figure out for themselves who they are and what they want.

My kids are really self-motivated and self-directed. This is because they are who they are. But it's also partly because I didn't squelch their need to find their own way. At least not completely (thankfully!). When I focus on my kids and what they're telling me, I never go wrong. The trick is to figure out what they're telling me. It's often difficult to decipher these clues they (their words, their actions, their moods, their bodies) leave me.

One thing I have found very effective in guiding them toward an activity is to focus on myself being interested in it. Like sometimes I'll just announce that I feel like playing music, and I'll start to do it. Inevitably, they follow along and scoot me off the piano bench or get out their violin or tambourine or beat the heck out of the drum. Doing things this way is actually very difficult for me. Just because I think it's time for my kids to play music, doesn't mean I can get myself to feel interested in music. The girls don't "play" insincerity. Once they sense I'm not into some activity I'm trying to get them to do, it's over.
post #114 of 426
Thread Starter 
Goodness, the memory! BeanBean can tell you what kind of car everyone in the family drives, even when he doesn't see the cars or the people for ages. He's still talking about my brother's Chevrolet Classic, the rental that he drove while he was here in June, as well as a friend's Volkswagen. He saw that friend once, for about two hours, when I was 8 months pregnant but if you bring up her name, he'll tell you she drove a Volkswagen Jetta every time.

BeanBean was fairly average in achieving his physical milestones, maybe a few weeks ahead but nothing to write home about. BooBah, on the other hand....: She rolled over from back to belly when she was about a week and a half old, and when I put her back she did it again. Later that day she rolled from her tummy to her back. She does it so slowly and deliberately; first her leg, then her hips, then her arms, then her belly, then her head. It's really something to watch. She army crawls with her head up, and is working very hard to get her legs underneath her, but her thighs are chubby so she has a hard time.

In the nursery, while I was in PACU (she was born by c-section) Mike says she lifted herself up on her arms and settled her chin on her hands so that she could look at him. She's always had head control that was about four weeks ahead of average; now at three months she holds her head confidently, just like a much older baby. Here's a picture of her taken two or three weeks ago (I don't think it was a whole month...). It looks like my mom is holding her up, but she's not; BooBah is sitting on her leg. My mom has her arm around her because she's not perfectly balanced yet, but she's getting there in a hurry. :LOL
post #115 of 426
This is some great reading folks! Enjoying every word. I find it interesting that many of our children were either average or below when it comes to physical development (nerds vs jocks, anyone ). No seriously, my daughter was average to walk, and even now at almost 2 and a half is just becoming co-ordinated enough to run well. Although, I have suspicions of asthma, but that's another thread.

My nephew was exactly like my daughter (even in looks) at this age. He wasn't fast to develop physically either. And he, now at 14, has been recognised by the government and certain associations as off the charts gifted. I watched his development, and now have a clear idea of the pitfalls of giftedness.

He becomes easily bored at school, as he reads so much he is leagues ahead of school. So they have a program for grades 9 thru 12 that is called 'French immersion'. The gifted children of many surrounding schools all get a chance to do these grades completely in French. He had never spoken a word in French, as Italian was his foreign language of choice until that point. So, he has been doing science, maths, all of it entirely in French, which is so challenging it keeps him motivated and alert. What a great concept!

What is interesting is his home life always contained much television and video games. If he wasn't reading, he is on the playstation, computer or watching TV. Sort of blows the theory of 'educational toys' out the window really! The best educational 'toy' I believe, is a book.

What worries me to this day though is he is very very introverted. Painfully so. My daughter is showing signs of this, and I don't know whether to worry, do something, or let it go.

Any ideas?
post #116 of 426
Originally Posted by Calm
What is interesting is his home life always contained much television and video games. If he wasn't reading, he is on the playstation, computer or watching TV. Sort of blows the theory of 'educational toys' out the window really! The best educational 'toy' I believe, is a book.
My kids use the TV and computer plenty and it doesn't seem to have impeded their intellect. I think, even more than average kids, gifted kids learn from EVERYTHING they do. My son had free access to the computer and learned to type before he turned two. He also used to love watching Wheel of Fortune when he was a baby and at 12 months began writing "O" and "X" and knew his numbers (1-10). As I believe I have mentioned in this thread before, learning software saved my sanity when he was a baby/toddler and needed to be learning literally every minute of the day.

What worries me to this day though is he is very very introverted. Painfully so. My daughter is showing signs of this, and I don't know whether to worry, do something, or let it go.
I don't think there is anything wrong with being introverted as long as the kid is happy with their life. If she needs help making friends when she's older you could always enroll her in activities of her choosing. For now I wouldn't worry about unless she seems unhappy.
post #117 of 426
I don't see anything wrong with television and video games as long as they don't do this to the exclusion of "real life" with people...that's the reason I limit computer time and such because they stop having a real life...I agree with books being the best educational toy but there are exceptions...

My 10 year old daughter has a reading issue(I think dyslexia~we are in the process of assessment) so I have done her a huge disservice by limiting tv exposure because she could learn massive amounts from discovery channel etc. I was so concerned that she couldn't read that I was blaming other media..but she just "can't" learn the usual way..not fair to limit her access to information because of that...live and learn though, now she is getting the right tv.

I was very introverted as a child...I grew out of it...I remember just not needing people because I had so much going on inside my head and books were my friend...I did eventually become very social as a teen and still am...I would expose her to other kids and social situations but never force it.
post #118 of 426
Thread Starter 
I was also painfully introverted as a child. I'm still fairly introverted, and I have a hard time conversing with people (IRL). The thing is, I can't tell you if that's a result of my being profoundly gifted or another factor (and I've got loads) or some combination of them all. Considering all the reasons I have/had not to talk to people, it's amazing that I can get through daily life without a breakdown. In fact, there have been times in my (adult) life that I couldn't. :

Interestingly enough, the internet has helped a lot with that. I have absolutely no problems conversing here, because people can't see me. It's safe, and I know that people will judge me on what they read here, rather than what I look like or how I carry myself or the clothing I'm wearing. I started talking to people online, and got to know some and decided to meet them in person, and eventually I learned to start conversations with people. It's still very difficult for me, but I am so much more confident today than I was even a few years ago! I still wouldn't say that I'm a social butterfly or anything like that, but I am a functional adult most of the time.

I watched (I thought) loads of TV as a kid, but I didn't particularly enjoy shows aimed at children. I can remember a homework assignment from first grade where I was supposed to write the name of my favorite half-hour show. I asked my mother how long half an hour was, and she started to point to the clock. I said, "No, is Star Trek half an hour long?" Well, that was an hour. "What about Greatest American Hero, or Airwolf, or 20/20?" She said, "I think they mean a cartoon." "But I don't like cartoons. They're boring." It turned out that I did in fact watch one show that was half an hour long-- the news. That was it! So I wrote "WGAL News" on the line; my teacher didn't like that much, but then, she hated me. :LOL

What I watched and how I watched were always different. I can remember sitting in front of the television with a book as young as four. It was a matter of stimulation. I loved to read, but I liked to have something else going on at the same time. The TV worked, or a stereo, or a conversation; these days, you can often find me sitting in front of the television with a book on one leg and some knitting in my hands. :LOL Well, if I'm not nursing. There have been a few memorable occasions where I've tried to knit, nurse, read and watch TV all at once... but since BeanBean has become mobile that's been really difficult. My arms just aren't long enough. :LOL
post #119 of 426
Did you always do your homework in front of the television...Idid and when I was older it was quite common to find me talking on the phone, doing homework and watching tv...I do find now that I am older I don't need that kind of stimulation but that was after years of self training and some very helpful meditation techniques...I am not even remotely as hyper as I was...

But I still find it hard to only do one thing....if I am doing dishes I will grab the phone and call someone or if someone calls I will immediately start doing something while talking to them.
post #120 of 426
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by allgirls
Did you always do your homework in front of the television...Idid and when I was older it was quite common to find me talking on the phone, doing homework and watching tv...I do find now that I am older I don't need that kind of stimulation but that was after years of self training and some very helpful meditation techniques...I am not even remotely as hyper as I was...
No... but that's because I didn't generally do homework. :LOL Every now and then an assignment would interest me, so I'd do it but on my own terms. Once in eigth grade, I was assigned a report on crystals. That was interesting enough, so I went to the library and was putzing around the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature (I love those!) and I found an article on quasicrystals. I looked it up and was fascinated, so I found more and did my report on that. I really enjoyed myself, but I got a B+. Written on the cover in red ink were the words "Great report, but I think it's physics and it's supposed to be earth science." :LOL I talked to the teacher and he said "I'm pretty sure that that paper is a physics paper, so you didn't do the assignment." He actually admitted to my mother that he didn't understand a lot of the paper (I had a bunch of fun equations and diagrams in it), but mom told him that he was right: it was physics. :LOL I was happy with that grade and the explanation.
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